Baptiste returns to the Green Machine

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Kurt Baptiste will join the Raiders on a short-term contract for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Baptiste will join the squad later in the week once he's followed the necessary protocols to join the club's Apollo Group. He was due to play for the Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup competition this year but is available due to the cancellation of the 2020 competition due to COVID-19.

Raiders Recruitment and High-Performance Director Peter Mulholland said Baptiste adds some valuable experience and depth to the squad with Josh Hodgson out for the remainder of the season.

"Kurt is a talented hooker who has a proven record with the club and can provide our squad with experience and depth in a key position," Mulholland said. "We're really happy to have him back at the club for the remainder of the year and we're looking forward to him joining the squad as soon as he can."

Baptiste has played 79 NRL matches since making his debut in 2011, including 56 for the Raiders between 2014-2017.