By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit - @blakeaustin6/Instagram
Another Raiders star is moving on, with five-eighth Blake Austin signing a three-year deal with Super League club Warrington.
He will take the place of ex-Newcastle and Gold Coast halfback, Tyrone Roberts, from next season.
Austin has racked up a number of achievements since joining the green machine, including being named Dally M Five-eighth of the year in 2015.
The 27-year old said he’s excited for the new challenge.
“I’m stoked I get the chance to come over in what I believe can be the best years of my footy career,” he said.
“My partner and I have always wanted to experience England and the Super League, and can’t wait to embrace the Wolves and everything Warrington has to offer.”
He also thanked the club for the opportunity to further his career.
“I’d like to thank Ricky, Don and the club for presenting me and my family with the opportunities they have over the past four years,” he said.
“Thanks to my team mates and the Canberra members and fans for embracing me as one of their own. I hope to be remembered as a guy that gave his all in green.”
Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart said the club wouldn’t rule out having him back in the future.
“The door at the Canberra Raiders is never closed in regards to Blake and his family,” he said.
“This was a salary cap decision by the club and we genuinely wish him all the best.”
Warrington coach Steve Price said the signing is a massive boost for their club.
“A number of clubs were in for him in both the UK and Australia which says a lot about the quality of player he is; to have that much interest,” he said.
“We are always on the lookout for quality personnel and so this is a great coup for our club to get Blake over the line.”