Paul Vaughan re-signs for Raiders
Ricky Stuart may be still be searching for his marquee man, but in the meantime he continues to shore up the Raiders' brightest up and comers with Paul Vaughan extending his current contract until the end of 2017.
Vaughan enjoyed a breakout year in 2014, making his representative debut with Country in May, and scoring more tries (seven) than any over prop in the competition.
The 23-year-old was already committed to Canberra until the end of next season, but joins the likes of Jarrod Croker, Jack Wighton, Edrick Lee and Brenko Lee in signing with the club long-term.
Vaughan had attracted interest from rival NRL outfits as one of the best young front-rowers in the game, but says staying with a Raiders club he has been with since his junior days was always his number one priority.
"I've never wanted to go anywhere or play for anyone else," Vaughan says.
"Canberra is my hometown and the Raiders are my team and I'm grateful for the opportunity they've given me to start my career.
"I'm looking forward to the next few seasons, seeing the team improve and become a premiership contender."
The announcement of Vaughan's re-signing was made at the Raiders awards night on Wednesday, where Croker's stellar 2014 season was honoured with the Meninga Medal as the club's best and fairest.
Croker's 18 tries and 202 points ranked him third on both the NRL's top try scorers and point scorers list, while bullocking 21-year-old prop Shannon Boyd was declared the club's rookie of the year