Raiders lure Tedesco from Tigers

May 27, 2014 12:23:55 UK

Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco has signed a three-year deal to move to the Canberra Raiders.

Tedesco will earn nearly $2 million with the Raiders, a figure the Tigers were unable to match.

Their last-ditch meeting with his agent Sam Ayoub failed to keep him at the club, and Tedesco told his teammates of his move at training on Tuesday.

He said it was tough to tell the Tigers players, as they were close friends, and stressed he was fully committed to the club for the remainder of the season.

“We’ve had some good wins to start the year and are confident that we’ll be in the mix come finals time,” said Tedesco.

He becomes the first major recruit for new Raiders coach Ricky Stuart, who is hoping to be able to add Storm forward and Kiwi international Kevin Proctor almost immediately.

Tigers CEO Grant Mayer said the club were disappointed that Tedesco, who had grown up in the club’s system, was leaving.

Mayer said: “The discussions with James’ management were complex. When another club identifies one of our players as their marquee signing we simply cannot compete with that.”

Raiders CEO Don Furner described Tedesco as an outstanding young talent whom the club had been tracking through his junior years.

Furner said: “The Raiders have followed James’ progress from his days at St Gregory’s College Campbelltown and we know being from Camden, James will fit into the lifestyle and culture here in Canberra.”

Tedesco played three games for Italy at last year’s World Cup, scoring a try on his international debut in the 32-14 win over Wales.

He is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, but expects to be back for the Tigers’ next game against Newcastle on 8th June.

Meanwhile Queensland areĀ 1.44 to beat NSW in Game I, with the Blues 2.80.

NSW areĀ 1.93 with a 6.5-points start.

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