Mogg set to stay put for 3 years

Raiders centre Adam Mogg has set a goal to become one of the club?s most consistent players after committing himself to Canberra for the next three seasons.

Mogg still had a year to run on his existing contract, but the Raiders acted quickly to extend his stay until the end of the 2007 season.

A late-comer to the NRL, the powerful 27-year-old is excited about the chance to continue his development at the Raiders.

"I?ve got goals I want to achieve here," Mogg said. "I played with one team [Redcliffe] in Queensland for five years and I?m not in to bouncing around clubs. I know there?s good coaches here, so I?m prepared to commit for a long time.

"I?ve had two full seasons with the Raiders now. Obviously the hardest thing is consistency. That?s going to be my goal over the next three years, to be one of the most consistent players in the club."

Mogg, who has played 40 of his 49 NRL games with the Raiders, said he had not considered leaving Canberra.

"I would have signed earlier but we had the break. During the off-season I just escaped to the Sunshine Coast for six weeks and relaxed with family and friends.

"I?m keen to stay at the club. Matty Elliott?s the best coach I?ve ever had and I?m learning a lot off [assistant coach] Terry Matterson as well. I like their coaching style, the way they approach things, the expectations they put on players. I?m my harshest judge and they suit what I?m looking for."

Mogg partnered Joel Monaghan in the centres for most of last season, but the Raiders have recruited strongly in the outside backs to cover for Monaghan?s departure to the Roosters.

Recruits Craig Frawley (Broncos), David Howell (Dragons) and Jermaine Ale (Roosters) have all put in claims for a centre spot, while Phil Graham and Jason Bulgarelli remain in the mix.

"I came here two years ago when Matty offered me the opportunity for a position [in the centres]. I?ve worked hard and I?ll continue to work, so hopefully it remains mine for the next three years.

"But there?s a lot of young kids coming through and the Raiders have made some good signings. It just makes the place more competitive and that?s more incentive to work a bit harder.

"I?m going to enjoy it. I spoke to a few of the new blokes and they?re looking forward to cementing their spots as well. It?s all guns blazing."

ADAM MOGG DOB: 31/7/77, in Toowoomba, Qld Junior club: Caloundra Height: 189cm Weight: 101kg NRL Games: 49 (40 with the Raiders) Previous Clubs: Parramatta Eels (2002)

Achievements: 2002: Made his NRL debut for Parramatta against Melbourne at Olympic Park on May 18. He played nine games for the Eels, mostly at fullback. 2003: Started the season at centre for the Raiders and scored 10 tries in 19 NRL games that year. 2004: Played 22 of Canberra?s 25 games last season, establishing himself as the club?s premier centre. He finished with 10 tries for the season

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