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Learoyd-Lahrs stays a Raider

David Beniuk 12/03/2011 03:30:16 PM Comments (0)

Canberra have taken one of the NRL's most sought-after forwards off the market by re-signing Tom Learoyd-Lahrs for a further three years.

In a major coup, the Raiders have signed a second Test forward in as many weeks after securing New Zealand's Bronson Harrison last week.

Learoyd-Lahrs will remain at the club until the end of 2014.

Canberra will boast one of the league's most fearsome packs over the next few years with Australian representatives David Shillington and Brett White also locked up.

Shillington is off contract at the end of 2012 and White signed a three-year deal after leaving Melbourne last year.

Twenty-five-year-old Learoyd-Lahrs would have been one of the most in demand players coming off contract this season after standing out for NSW in the past two State of Origin series, despite the Blues' losing both.

He was rewarded with a place in the Kangaroos' Four Nations side last year.

The Raiders have embarked on an impressive rebuilding program around a core of talented local juniors such as Josh Dugan and Terry Campese.

As well as White, they added talented former Cronulla back Blake Ferguson and premiership winning halfback Matt Orford to their roster for 2011.

"It's great to have my future organised before the new season and to stay in Canberra is the right decision for me and, more importantly, my family," Learoyd-Lahrs said in a club statement.

"I want to give back to the club that's given me so much and I truly believe we're in for a few special seasons.

"For this year it all starts tomorrow against the Sharks."

Raiders chief executive Don Furner said the deal showed the days of players shunning Canberra were over.

"We've shown over the past two years that players that come to the club want to stay at the club and we're building towards a bright future," he said.

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