Papalii named Raiders’ best


Prop Josh Papalii claimed his third Meninga Medal on Tuesday 17 September, named as the Canberra Raiders player of the year.

The Meninga Medal is voted on a 3-2-1 basis by the NRL players and coaching staff, with Papalii finishing on 27 points for the season, four-clear of second placed Jack Wighton on 23 points. Raiders new recruits Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and John Bateman rounded out the top four with 16 points each.

In other awards, Dunamis Lui was rewarded for his most consistent season to date with the NRL Coaches Award, while Bailey Simonsson and Corey Horsburgh were joint winners of the club’s rookie of the year award for wonderful debut seasons.

Club captain Jarrod Croker was awarded the Fred Daly Club Person of the Year award; Sam Williams was awarded the Geoff Caldwell Welfare and Education Award for his off-field study; Rising star Harley Smith-Shields took out the Jersey Flegg Player of the Year award; Kai O’Donnell won the Jersey Flegg Coaches award; and Darby Medlyn was named the Gordon McLucas Junior Rep Player of the Year.

In other club news, forward Luke Bateman has re-signed with the club on a one-year deal.

Bateman was off-contract at the end of this season but has signed a new deal to keep him at the Raiders until the end of the 2020 season.

Bailey Simonsson has also re-signed on a long-term deal. On contract until the end of 2020, Simonsson has impressed in his debut season and been rewarded with a contract extension until the end of 2023.

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