By Rocco Luca
June 5, 2014

Canberra Raiders Ricky Stuart has released the following statement in the aftermath of James Tedesco’s decision to back out of a three year deal with the club:

“The Canberra Raiders’ recent disappointing recruitment results will not alter or affect this club’s commitment to developing a successful football team in the future,” Stuart says.

“As the club’s head coach, I am fortunate to have such a strong and supportive board and management, an extremely talented and experienced coaching and high performance team and a wonderful group of players who want to be successful.

“When I was chosen for this job – which I regard as one of the privileged coaching appointments in the NRL – I recognised, as did our board, that we needed to recruit players in key positions that would add the necessary strength around the players on our existing roster.

“Despite the recent disappointments of losing players whom we had identified to fulfill these roles, I want to assure, in particular, our members and fans, stakeholders and the Canberra community that we will continue to push forward with an aggressive recruitment program that’s aimed at bringing deserved success to a great football club. These disappointments have only added to our resolve to achieve our goals.

“We want players at the Raiders who share our vision and who will have pride in our jersey.

“We have a clear and uncompromising plan to achieve the big picture and the Canberra Raiders will continue to seek to bring success to our organisation.”

Tedesco is not the first player to shun the Raiders in recent weeks, with Kevin Proctor and Josh Mansour both rejecting big money offers from the club.