The Canberra Raiders have re-signed Head Coach Ricky Stuart on a new three-year deal, which will see him remain as the Head Coach of the club until the end of the 2023 season.
Stuart was on contract until the end of the 2020 season, but the Raiders Board of Directors voted unanimously to extended Stuart’s contract for a further three seasons.
Stuart joined the club at the beginning of the 2014 season, with the new deal taking him to 10 seasons in charge of the Green Machine.
Ricky Stuart said the opportunity to stay on as Head Coach for an extended period was foremost a great honour and he looked forward to achieving the success the club and their fan base deserves.
“I’m honoured to be given this opportunity, to play for this club and now to be their Head Coach I’m so honoured and even more so today, I’m excited with the development of the club. It’s not just about coaching first grade it’s about the whole club,” Stuart said. “My passion and enthusiasm for the club is 24 hours a day seven days a week.
“I’m like the fan who sits out there and braves the cold. I want to win on the weekend and win a competition and I can assure you that every waking moment is about delivering that promise one day.”
Raiders Chairman Dr Allan Hawke said the extension of Stuart’s contract was to provide continued stability to the club, and the work he had done early in his tenure was continuing to shine through today.
“Ricky’s contract was up at the end of next year, but we wanted to give some surety to players that are off contract going forward and any new players coming to us, that Ricky will still be part and parcel of the whole operation right through until then (2023),” Dr Hawke said. “One of the first things Ricky did when he came on as Head Coach was to get a group of leaders from the playing group and with them develop the values we would stand by as a playing group. They are still right with us which is why there is such solidarity and will among them.”