Joseph Tapine has inked a mammoth four-year contract extension with the Raiders, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2027.
Canberra’s season ended in the second week of the finals series, but still had one major piece of business that needed to be done before they closed the book on this year.
Tapine has emerged as the game’s best front-rower this year, leading the competition for post-contact metres and producing more offloads than any other player in his position.
Off-contract at the end of next year, the 28-year-old was set to become available to rival clubs from November 1, but the Raiders have left no stone unturned and extended their star forward.
Tapine’s new deal is estimated to be worth over $3 million for the four years, making him one of the richest props in the NRL.
Raiders CEO Don Furner said the news was exciting for the club moving forward.
“There’s no doubt Joe has had his best season in the NRL in 2022 and we’re very excited to have him re-commit to the club for the long-term,” he said.
“His development on and off the field has been something that we’re very proud of and we know he will continue to be one of the most valuable parts of our side in the future.
“We wish Joe all the best on his upcoming World Cup campaign with New Zealand and we can’t wait to see him back on the field for the Raiders for the next five seasons.”
The Canberra Raiders can confirm that Joseph Tapine has re-signed with the club on a new deal, which will keep him in green until the end of the 2027 season.
— Canberra Raiders (@RaidersCanberra) September 26, 2022
Tapine is set to play an important role for the Kiwis in the upcoming RLWC, which kicks off on October 15th.
The front-rower joins the likes of Corey Harawira-Naera, Josh Papalii and Matt Timoko to be signed long-term with Canberra.