Green Machine lock up young gun
LIFE has changed for Nick Cotric over the last 12 months.
For starters, his old man sold the pizza shop where Cotric occasionally worked during his rookie season with the Raiders.
For another, he's captured the Dally M rookie of the year award, played every match for Canberra and has re-signed with the club until the end of 2020.
The 18-year old was a sensation on the right wing for the Green Machine, scoring 16 tries in 24 games, and says he never considered going anywhere else.
"I didn't really look at any interest because I was happy at this club. I wouldn't see myself anywhere else but in the lime green jersey" Cotric said.
"Growing up as a kid I always wanted to play for the Raiders.
"I still pinch myself every day. I can't believe how quick it's gone, this first season has gone so fast. I learned heaps from that year, and I'm still learning now.
"I'm definitely excited to re-sign with such a great club. All my family and friends are from here. I'm very excited to re-sign."
Cotric's father is now in carpentry, and while Cotric still helps him where he can, Canberra's pre-season is well and truly underway and the Valley Dragons juniors strives to match his stellar debut campaign.
"I set a few goals and targets - I guess I've got to work harder than I last year, keep improving and just work on my little things and have a good season.
"It definitely feels more comfortable because I know the boys know, I know them as just my mates."
Raiders CEO Don Furner said the club was delighted to keep Cotric in the nation's capital for the next three seasons.
"Nick's had a huge first season in first grade and the clubs proud to have a player who grew up in Canberra recommit to the club," Furner said.
"We pride ourselves on developing talent and Nick is one of the best upcoming talents in the game."