OFFICIAL: Canberra Raiders sign Caleb Aekins

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Canberra Raiders set to sign Penrith Panthers fullback Caleb Aekins



The Canberra Raiders are set to sign Caleb Aekins on a one-year deal to further bolster their backline. The Raiders have also signed North Queensland Cowboys winger Elijah Anderson on a train-and-trial deal.

They've all-but finalised a two-year deal with winger Jordan Rapana, with just a few loose ends to tie up around the second year of the contract extension.

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More interested in Elijah Anderson tbh. Played 20s Origin last year, big fast thing, good build for a winger.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.
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julian87 wrote: October 10, 2020, 6:14 am More interested in Elijah Anderson tbh. Played 20s Origin last year, big fast thing, good build for a winger.
According to a Canberra Times article today we have just signed him to a train and trial arrangement.

We are certainly working towards redeveloping our backline.
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Seiffert82 wrote: October 10, 2020, 10:20 am
julian87 wrote: October 10, 2020, 6:14 am More interested in Elijah Anderson tbh. Played 20s Origin last year, big fast thing, good build for a winger.
According to a Canberra Times article today we have just signed him to a train and trial arrangement.

We are certainly working towards redeveloping our backline.
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Yep! Was poorly worded on my behalf. I meant I was more interested in that part of the article.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.
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Interesting... I vaguely remember Aekins, he seemed like a talented guy, definitely worth a crack... Also like Julez, interested in the Anderson fella now having made some enquires, sounds like the sort of player that if he develops, could be the style of player that we are missing. Happy to roll the dice on the guy, we unearthed Simmo on a similar trial and train deal, and he's at worst a good depth player
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I've seen a bit of him, and he's got a bit of a CNK feel about him IMO. Safe and not prone to make mistakes, but can hold an attack back a bit. Unless it's planned to use him as cover for CNK I don't see where he'll fit - would've been nice to have a player with a different skill set.
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Botman wrote: October 10, 2020, 6:26 pm Interesting... I vaguely remember Aekins, he seemed like a talented guy, definitely worth a crack... Also like Julez, interested in the Anderson fella now having made some enquires, sounds like the sort of player that if he develops, could be the style of player that we are missing. Happy to roll the dice on the guy, we unearthed Simmo on a similar trial and train deal, and he's at worst a good depth player
Rapana also a train and trial after unwanted by Force and Brumbies once upon a time.
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We are building a reserve grade team.

I can feel it.
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I hope so, the talk of our extras playing Raiders cup concerns me

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Off our confirmed or reported squad for next year we have the below ‘reserves’ (I’ll name currently injured players in this team for reference, any one of them that makes first grade automatically is replaced by a current first grader).

1. Aekins
2. Simo
3. HSS
4. Timoko
5. Niko / Anderson
6. Frawley
7. Sam Williams
8. Ryan James
9. Hodgo (will switch with Starling when fit)
10. Emre
11. O’Donnell
12. Horse
13. Sutton

Now there will obviously be some of these guys getting into the first grade side, but the point is we currently have enough troops for x2 very strong forward packs, back lines and a very serviceable backup 9,6,7,2 combo.

Great recruiting, and what is looking like a very very strong squad, with the ability with minimal recruiting to form our own, Raiders reserve grade team.
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Add curtis scott to that list as well
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I'd assumed he'd had Croker, Rapana, Scott, Valemi, CNK as his starting FG back 5 so unlisted here...
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Correct BadnMean.

The point was not really to create a 2020 lineup, more to point out that we currently have a 17 man squad about to play another prelim, and that list is people who ARENT in that squad, and the sort of strength we have in depth next year. Scott was a straight switch for Cotric.

That’s an insane level of depth next year, considering there will be quite a few players who have been integral parts of this finals run who won’t make first grade next year.
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OFFICIAL: Canberra Raiders sign Penrith Panthers back Caleb Aekins on one year deal

The Canberra Raiders have signed exciting young Panther Caleb Aekins for the 2021 season. Aekins, 22, is part of the Panthers NRL squad and has played 12 NRL matches for Penrith including 8 this season.

“I’m really excited about joining the Raiders next season, they’re a great club and they have a record of giving players an opportunity, Aekins said. “Before that though I’m still committed to the Panthers and I’m ready to go if I’m needed before the end of the season.”

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Can Aekins play back up 5/8?

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Welcome, Caleb.

Don't know much about you but I hope you succeed as a Raider
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Sid wrote: October 15, 2020, 6:09 pm Can Aekins play back up 5/8?
No. At the moment we're running Whitehead, Frawley, Subloo.
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As much as I don't see him shifting our starting side I'm surprised he couldn't land a gig with more years at another club. You'd think Barrett would have pulled this guy into the dogs system on a 2 year deal, or Manly who just let their best backup go (Elliot). Turbo spends a fair chunk injured.
Makes me think his management approached us instead of the other way around.
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I see this recruitment as part of a longer term plan to extend our premiership window and keep the Raiders as a competitive team at the pointy end of the competition ladder for several years to come.
Great strategy and planning IMHO.
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Also nice to see that we can attract quality players (even if younger) to the club now that we have been performing well for the past couple of years.
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It’s just a minimum wage fullback back up signing I guess isn’t it.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.
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julian87 wrote: October 16, 2020, 6:25 am It’s just a minimum wage fullback back up signing I guess isn’t it.
Essentially, yes. He's no threat to Charnze imo. He's not a wingers elbow either really. But he can handle filling in at FB ok without having to then shift our wingers around etc.

Might be a nod that if Charnze is going to kill himself and take 25 carries and run 250m every week (bless him), then in a 26 round season, there's really going to be a week or two where we need to save him from himself.
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I think it's a sign the club isn't completely sold on Adam Cook either. Good to have depth though - may as well dip into the Penrith well, especially while they struggle to retain all their youngsters.
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Are we putting him into the David Milne category of fullbacks?

Good to have depth. Never know when we get struck down in a big way.

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Our recruitment has been 90% perfect...Who knows
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VIDEO: Caleb Aekins speaks about how he’s settling into life in Canberra: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2021/02 ... interview/
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Seiffert82 wrote: October 16, 2020, 9:22 am I think it's a sign the club isn't completely sold on Adam Cook either. Good to have depth though - may as well dip into the Penrith well, especially while they struggle to retain all their youngsters.
Cook doesn't seem big enough to me. Hopefully he (and Curtis for that matter) bulk a little this offseason
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zim wrote: October 15, 2020, 8:13 pm
Sid wrote: October 15, 2020, 6:09 pm Can Aekins play back up 5/8?
No. At the moment we're running Whitehead, Frawley, Subloo.
Subloo has signed with Redcliffe Dolphins.
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I'd say if we needed a FG half it'd be Sammy coming in, then Frawley or a Hoppa/Whitehead type option. Rapana can actually kick ok (that 40:20!) I reckon he'd be a decent running 5/8 also.
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nachopants wrote: February 7, 2021, 2:37 pm
Seiffert82 wrote: October 16, 2020, 9:22 am I think it's a sign the club isn't completely sold on Adam Cook either. Good to have depth though - may as well dip into the Penrith well, especially while they struggle to retain all their youngsters.
Cook doesn't seem big enough to me. Hopefully he (and Curtis for that matter) bulk a little this offseason
Curtis looking very good.
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yurithe1 wrote: February 13, 2021, 11:05 am
zim wrote: October 15, 2020, 8:13 pm
Sid wrote: October 15, 2020, 6:09 pm Can Aekins play back up 5/8?
No. At the moment we're running Whitehead, Frawley, Subloo.
Subloo has signed with Redcliffe Dolphins.
Yeah back in October when I posted that he was still with us.
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Football clubs aren’t always transparent about their signings and release decisions, and we can’t really be
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