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The Canberra Raiders have announced a significant boost to their playing roster for season 2012, with former international Shaun Berrigan agreeing to a two year deal with the club.

Berrigan had a huge season in 2011 for the New Zealand Warriors, playing 19 matches playing a huge part in helping them to make their second Grand Final, proving he could return from a three year stint in the English Super League for Hull, to produce his best form.

The arrival of Berrigan to the nation’s capital gives the Raiders some valuable experience, with the versatile Queenslander able to cover a number of positions including centre and hooker.

Berrigan has represented Australia on 14 occasions, has played 15 State of Origin matches for Queensland and was the Clive Churchill Medallist in the Brisbane Broncos premiership win over Melbourne in 2006.

Raiders Coach David Furner said the inclusion of Berrigan to the squad was a huge signing for the club and said he looked forward to having an experienced and professional player in the team for 2012.

“Shaun has had a tremendous career in the NRL and in the English Super League and we’re looking forward to having him join the squad for the new season,” Furner said. “His ability to cover a number of positions is valuable for us and he also brings much needed experience to our young squad.”

Berrigan said he was looking forward to the challenge of helping the Raiders return to the top eight in 2012 and said he was keen to start training with David Furner and the squad.

“The Raiders have a huge amount of talent in their team and a great coaching staff so I’m really excited about my move to Canberra,” Berrigan said. “The team had a tough year in 2011, but after speaking with David Furner I know everyone is on board and keen to make up for it in 2012.”