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Raiders sign greenkeeper Buttriss

By Ben Lisson 18/06/2008 02:28:38 PM Comments (0)

A golf club greenkeeper has signed a one-year deal with the NRL's green machine.

Glen Buttriss was not even expected to play first grade this year but a series of season-ending injuries at the Canberra Raiders opened the way for the utility back.

"He has really proven himself, he basically forced us to sign him," Raiders chief executive Don Furner said.

Buttriss, 22, who only weeks ago was playing for the Raiders' Brisbane based feeder-club Souths Logan and working as a greenkeeper, said the last month had been a whirlwind for him.

"It's been very quick, I'm starting to find my feet now," he said.

"Playing back with Souths Logan, I really started enjoying (playing) again. It made me hungrier."

On the back of injuries to key Raiders players Lincoln Withers and Ryan Hinchcliffe, Buttriss has seen a one-week stay turn in to a contract for next season.

"I guess the injuries we've had have been good for me," he said.

Buttriss was only seeing positives, despite the short length of the contract.

"I'll see what happens, It depends on how many games I play (next season)."

Furner agreed: "It's better for us and for him", he said, adding that Hinchcliffe's decision to sign with the Melbourne Storm on Tuesday had moved the signing process along.

Buttriss, who will leave a job in Queensland, said he was looking forward to the rest of the season.

"I'm keen to stay. I'll be moving my stuff down here next week and hopefully have a good finish (to this season)."

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