Canberra have confirmed the signing of mature midfielder Jamal Fogarty on a 2022-year deal.
Fogarty, 27, has been released by the Gold Coast, where he made a late career debut in the NRL and played 41 games to cement himself as a true first-class playmaker.
This year, he led the Titans to their first final appearance since 2016, but the emergence of young backbone players like Toby Sexton, Tanah Boyd and AJ Brimson made sense for the club to cut him loose.
The Raiders lost star Englishman No. 7 George Williams in the middle of the season as he left the country’s capital on poor terms and after falling out with the club hierarchy, including coach Ricky Stuart.
They have been looking for an experienced half-back to fill the void ever since, and Fogarty fits the bill without breaking the bank.
He will partner with fifteenth Jack Wighton in the halves next season.
“The Raiders have a great roster and coach in Ricky and they’ve had some success the last couple of seasons and I’m really excited to join them and be a part of it,” Fogarty said in a statement.
“I’m looking to bring some game control and direction to the team, and that’s what I have based my career on.
“I’m also a really clear communicator, and if I need to tell someone on the pitch what to do, I’m sure I do. Hopefully I can bring what I’ve learned and I’m really excited too. working with Ricky and the other coaches to help improve my game. “
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