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Magpie stalwart Rick Dodd has made a most impressive start to his season by helping the Canberra Raiders over the line against Cronulla on Saturday.
Dodd clinched the trial game for the Raiders premier league team when he nailed a conversion on full time to seal a 16-14 win for the Raiders.
The classy centre three-quarter was called up to play for the Raiders in the game on the New South Wales south coast as part of his dual registration with the Canberra NRL team and the Souths Logan Magpies.
The Canberra Raiders management and coaching staff were very impressed with the former Wide Bay winger in a game that featured many heavyweights from Cronulla's first grade team. His strong performance confirmed their confidence in his ability as a dual contract player registered with both the Raiders and the Souths Logan Magpies.
Dodd will back up his game-winning performance this Saturday night, (28 February,) with the Magpies. It will be the Queensland Cup team's last trial match for the year against a strong Southport Tigers in Southport.
Also returning to the fray this weekend will be Kevin Prior, who will make his first trial appearance for the Magpies since his fine performance for the Papua New Guinea team in the rugby league seven's contest earlier this year.
Josh Dillon will also debut for the Magpies for the first time this weekend since joining the team from the Parramatta Eels. The Magpies team features brothers Aaron and Grant Lewis.
The full team list for Saturday's trial against the Southport Tigers is as follows:
Nathan Rowe, Jason Hynes, Nick Emmett, Grant Lewis, Rick Dodd, Cameron Joyce, Jace Van Dijk, Darren Glase, Daniel Irvine, Zeb Dewson, Stan Fau, Ben Watt, Aaron Lewis. Bench: Zeb Kyle, Kevin Prior, Josh Dillon, Bob Blair, Paul Peterson, James Appi, Curtis Mohr, Matt Morice. Coach: Anthony Griffin.
For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Mitch Brennan 07 3844 7344.