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The Canberra Raiders have been given another boost ahead of their sell-out match with the Wests Tigers on Friday night at Canberra Stadium, with news today that hooker Glen Buttriss has re-signed with the club for the 2011 season.

Buttriss was given the chance to come into the starting side this year after injury to Alan Tongue and Travis Waddell, with his great form on the field allowing him to establish himself as the starting hooker for the semi-finals series.

After long negotiations with the club Buttriss said he was happy to have the new deal finalised and said he hoped to continue his form next year and look at a longer deal in the future.

“It’s been a long tome coming and it’s good to get it off my shoulders and concentrate on the game this weekend,” he said. “I’m just glad I’ve got it done now and if I can come out next year at the start of the season and play well I can hopefully sign longer after that.”

Buttriss admitted he wouldn’t have had the chance to return to the NRL if it wasn’t for injury to other Raiders hookers, but said he’s happy to be back at the business time of the year playing good footy.

“Luck plays a fair bit in the game and I had a chance this year to come into the side through injury and I’ve been able to hold my spot which is good,” he said. “We have Alan Tongue, Travis Waddell and myself who can all play hooker so there’s plenty of competition for the hooker spot which is good for us and the club.”

With other clubs showing interest in Buttriss he said he was happy the Raiders weighed in with a good new deal and said he’s excited for where the club is heading in the next few seasons.

“I could have held off and waited for other offers but the Raiders came up with the right deal and I like living here, it’s a great place and I wanted to stay,” he said. “We’ve got most of the guys signed up here for the next couple of years and I think there’s going to be a great future ahead of us.”

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the Raiders were happy to have the Cootamundra junior at the club for another year and said there were more re-signings in the pipeline for players off contract in 2011.

“Glen’s form got him this contract and he took his opportunity when he got. Hopefully he continues his good form early next year and we can look at extending him further,” Furner said. “There are a couple of guys off at the end of next season and we’re working on getting them signed long term as well.”
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