Sebastian Kris shouldn’t be ruling out a transfer to five-eighth as Canberra proceed their search to interchange departing star Jack Wighton from subsequent season.
Kris signed a multi-year contract extension with the Raiders on Wednesday, protecting him on the membership till the tip of 2027.
A breakout season at fullback has earned the 24-year-old the deal, with 4 tries and three assists serving to his facet to fifth on the ladder.
The New Zealand worldwide has impressed since being handed the Raiders’ No.1 jersey in pre-season after Xavier Savage broke his jaw, defying doubts about his suitability for the position upon shifting from the centres.
And one other positional swap could but be on the playing cards, with coach Ricky Stuart suggesting final week Kris could possibly be a candidate to maneuver from fullback to the halves, very like Dally M medallist Wighton did halfway by means of final decade.
“It hasn’t actually come up in dialog, I’ve simply been attempting to nail the fullback position,” Kris stated when requested on Wednesday about that potential transfer.
“I would not rule it out. I I do know that if I put my thoughts to one thing I am going to be capable to do a adequate job.
“If that is the place they see me, then I am going to have an excellent, red-hot crack.
“I’ve at all times thought that studying a brand new skillset, a brand new place, is an efficient factor. Including one other string to the bow.
“It will assist me in the long term, having that versatility. I am going to be capable to play in any place.”
Kris, who joined the Raiders as a 14-year-old, has displaced younger gun Xavier Savage from the No.1 position he held in 2022, the 21-year-old compelled to play NSW Cup this 12 months the place he is cut up fullback and wing duties.
Wighton will depart for South Sydney on the finish of the season, with no standout substitute remaining for the Raiders. Backup half Brad Schneider is reportedly set to shift to Tremendous League membership Hull KR.
Utility Matt Frawley is the one different halves choice on the roster, with Canberra fleetingly linked with St George Illawarra’s in-demand halfback Ben Hunt.
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