Soliola commits to Canberra


Former New Zealand international Sia Soliola is set to remain at the Canberra Raiders until 2018 after the NRL outfit announced a two-year extension for the centre on Thursday.

Soliola's current deal was set to expire at the end of the 2016 season.

Arriving at the Raiders from St Helens in 2015, Soliola won the club's best-and-fairest award in his first season and said he was relieved to have sorted his future so early in the campaign.

"I'm excited, relieved and really happy to be staying here for another couple of years. This is a great club and place for me and my family. We love this place and it's got a great pool of talent with all the boys," Soliola said.

"[Raiders coach] Ricky [Stuart] has done great things here. It would have been pretty silly not to consider this club because it's such a great club with a great history.

"I just want to be a part of this club and the way it's going forward. There's great optimism around at the moment and I think a lot of the boys are pretty excited at the start of the year and how they are going to progress.

"I want to be a part of that and try and contribute as much as I can."

Soliola said he believes the Raiders are well positioned to win a premiership in the near future, having started this season with four wins, a draw and three losses from their opening eight games.

"The ultimate goal is to win a premiership and get Canberra back on the pedestal they belong. I think we have a squad that can be successful for sure," he said.

"I want to thank everyone for taking me on board and embracing me as one of their sons. I'm excited to represent them as one of their own."

Soliola is currently out with a broken arm and is hoping to make his comeback in the next three to four weeks.