Sau remains a Raider


Talented young centre Junior Sau will remain with the Raiders next year, after agreeing to a new one year deal for 2007.

The 19-year-old has been in terrific form for the Raiders in 2006, after moving up from the Raiders premiership winning SG Ball side from 2005.

Beginning the year in the Raiders Jersey Flegg side Sau has found him self playing in the centres for Premier League for a large portion of the season, and has impressed Raiders Coaching staff with his progress over the year.

Sau became the first Raiders representative earlier in the year, when he represented Queensland in the under 19's match played in the curtain raiser to State of Origin one, where he faced Raiders team mate Joe Picker.

Now with next year secure for the young centre, Sau said he can concentrate on the remainder of this season.

"I'm very happy to be remaining in Canberra and I'm looking forward to the remainder of this season as well as next year," Sau said. "The Raiders have been good to me and I hope I can repay them with some good football."

Sau said he has enjoyed the chance to play Premier League this year, and will take any opportunity in the Raiders first grade with both hands.

"It's great too play alongside some talented players and some experienced guys as well," he said. "And if I get a chance in first grade next year I will be better prepared with the experience I have gained this year."

Raiders general manager Don Furner said Sau will give the Raiders solid depth in the outside backs, with the young centre given another a year to show the Raiders what he has to offer.

"Junior is a great talent and we're sure he is developing into a fine player," Furner said. "He is only 19 so we are yet to see him at his full potential. He is still learning and that's a positive for us."