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Canberra Raiders? lock Tyran Smith today secured a new two-year contract with the Club, which will likely see him through to the end of his NRL career.
Smith, a former Kiwi-International who has played with seven NRL Clubs, said he was delighted to secure his future with the Raiders and stay in Canberra.
?I?ve had 10 seasons of first-grade so it is very likely that this contract will see me through to the finish,? he explained. ?I?m very happy in Canberra and I?ve learned a lot of new things since coming here two years ago,? he said.
Smith, who by his own admission is in career-best form in 2003, said that a lot of his on-field success can be attributed to his happiness off the field.
?They say that you need to have things right off the field before you get it right on the field and I definitely agree with that,? he said.
?My family has really settled down here, and my eldest son has just started school. They are really happy and that has helped me with my on-field performance,? he added.
Raiders Coach, Matthew Elliott, suggested that Smith?s new deal was yet another positive for the Club this season.
?Tyran has made some excellent contributions this season and his attitude and effort each week has been outstanding,? he said.
?He?s become a player that can make a big play for us,? he added.