Canberra Raiders manager Ricky Stuart has confirmed that negotiations are underway to secure versatile forward Adam Elliott to a new contract with the club.
Elliot left the Canterbury Bulldogs under controversial circumstances in late 2021. He was given a lifeline with the Raiders and grabbed it with both hands.
has been a Difficult season start for Canberra. They only won three of the first nine games, but Elliott still managed to stand out. The rower showed his versatility by playing the last two games on the hooker.
Canberra Raiders want to keep Elliott
Elliott signed a one-year contract when he arrived before the new season. However, Stuart says negotiations are now taking place to extend this. The Raiders boss didn’t reveal the duration of the deal, but says Elliott is part of his future plans.
“Adam knows where I stand with him in the long run,” Stuart told reporters. “Yes, I want to stay here, and talk to [NRL Recruitment and Pathways Manager] Kelly Egan and [Elliott’s manager] David Riolo is very healthy at the moment so I am very confident that will be the case.
“It’s just a matter of tying a few pieces to the agreement communications.”
Stuart admits that Elliott’s versatility has been crucial, but sees him cementing his place in the starting pack.
Versatile Elliott a great asset
“He doesn’t just fill in, he does a good job there,” added Stuart. “It’s hard for a backrower to get into nine, but it shows its utility value in being able to sustain some time there. He is doing a very good job for us in these difficult times.
“Adam Elliot is definitely fighting for a place in the starting pack, whether at nine, 13 or on the edge, and that’s what I want.
“I want people to fight for vacancies. We don’t have enough of that right now in certain positions, and I’ve always said as a coach that I love having people fight and compete for positions.”
The Raiders continue their campaign with a tough showdown against the Sharks in the Magic Round. Cronulla started the season strong with six wins and currently ranks fourth on the ladder.
Elliott sits out of the Raiders showdown because of an illness unrelated to Covid. Tom Starling will start out as a prostitute.