Ricky Stuart confirms talks are underway to keep versatile star

Canberra Raiders manager Ricky Stuart has confirmed talks are underway to secure versatile striker Adam Elliott on a new contract with the club.

Elliott left the Canterbury Bulldogs in controversial circumstances at the end of 2021. He received a lifeline with Raiders and grabbed it with both hands.

It has been a Difficult start to the season for Canberra. They only won three of their first nine games, but Elliott still managed to come out on top. The back rower has shown his versatility in the last two games at hooker.

Canberra Raiders want to keep Elliott

Elliott signed a one-year contract upon his arrival ahead of the new season. However, Stuart says talks are underway to extend this. The Raiders boss did not reveal the length of the deal but says Elliott is part of his future plans.

“Adam knows where I am with him in terms of the long term,” Stuart told reporters. “Yes, I want to stay here, and talk with [NRL Recruitment and Pathways Manager] Kelly Egan and [Elliott’s manager] David Riolo is in very good health at the moment, so I’m very confident that he will be.

“It’s just a matter of tying a few things to their communications on the deal.”

Stuart admits Elliott’s versatility has been crucial, but sees him cementing his place in the starting lineup.

Versatile Elliott a big asset

“He doesn’t just substitute, he does a good job there,” Stuart added. “It’s tough for a backrower to go nine, but it shows his utility value by being able to hold out for some time there. He’s doing a really good job for us in these difficult times.

“Adam Elliot is definitely pushing for a place in the starting pack, whether it’s at nine, 13 or on the edge, and that’s what I want.

“I want people to fight for places. We don’t have enough at the moment in certain positions, and I’ve always said that as a coach I like people to fight and compete for positions.

The Raiders continue their campaign with a tough clash against the Sharks in the Magic Round. Cronulla started the season well with six wins and currently sits fourth in the standings.

Elliott is sitting out the Raiders matchup due to an unrelated illness. Tom Starling will start as a hooker.

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