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Talented young centre Junior Sau will remain with the Raiders next year, after agreeing to a new one year deal for 2007.
The 19-year-old has been in terrific form for the Raiders in 2006, after moving up from the Raiders premiership winning SG Ball side from 2005.
Beginning the year in the Raiders Jersey Flegg side Sau has found himself playing in the centres for Premier League for a large portion of the season, and has impressed Raiders Coaching staff with his progress over the year.
Sau became the first Raiders representative earlier in the year, when he represented Queensland in the under 19?s match played in the curtain raiser to State of Origin one, where he faced Raiders team mate Joe Picker.
Now with next year secure for the young centre, Sau said he can concentrate on the remainder of this season.
?I?m very happy to be remaining in Canberra and I?m looking forward to the remainder of this season as well as next year,? Sau said. ?The Raiders have been good to me and I hope I can repay them with some good football.?
Sau said he has enjoyed the chance to play Premier League this year, and will take any opportunity in the Raiders first grade with both hands.
?It?s great too play alongside some talented players and some experienced guys as well,? he said. ?And if I get a chance in first grade next year I will be better prepared with the experience I have gained this year.?
Raiders general manager Don Furner said Sau will give the Raiders solid depth in the outside backs, with the young centre given another a year to show the Raiders what he has to offer.
?Junior is a great talent and we?re sure he is developing into a fine player,? Furner said. ?He is only 19 so we are yet to see him at his full potential. He is still learning and that?s a positive for us.?
The Canberra Raiders have also secured Parramatta?s Tony Pamatangi on a new two year deal, which will see him in the lime green until the end of 2008.
The talented New Zealand born player comes to the Raiders with two years of experience in the NSW Premier League, after stints with both the Eels and the Sydney Roosters.
Pamatangi said he is looking forward to joining the Raiders and getting an opportunity to develop his career, and move away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney life.
?I?m ready to move to the Raiders next year and hopefully I can work on my game and become a better player,? Pamatangi said. ?I?m also looking forward to living in Canberra, it?s a bit quieter and somewhere where I think I can really see myself.?
Pamatangi said he is excited about the prospect of joining a new club, and in particular getting acquainted with some new team mates.
?The Raiders have some great young players and I hope I can help add to this,? he said. ?It?s always good to get to know some new teammates so I am really keen to get down there.?
Raider?s general manager Don Furner said Tony will be the type of player who will fit in at the Raiders, and said he looks forward to his arrival next season.
?Tony is a fine young player and we are very happy to have him on board for the next two years,? Furner said. ?The Raiders have some fine young talent on offer in our ranks, and we?re sure that Tony can add to this.?