Injured Gold Coast Titans captain Ryan James is set to sign with the Canberra Raiders for the 2021 season on a two-year-deal worth $400,000 a season.
The Daily Telegraph reported James, who has struggled with injury in recent seasons would sign with the Raiders after he completes a medical with club doctors.
James’ departure would free up some salary cap space for the Titans to help them pay David Fifita’s monster $1.25 million a season contract.
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James heading to Raiders
NRL: In a knock-on effect from their record signing of David Fifita, Titans captain Ryan James will move to the nation’s capital after agreeing terms with the Canberra Raiders.
“Big news he has agreed,” Raiders assistant coach Michael Ennis said on Super Saturday.
“Obviously he has had some troubles with some ACL injuries, so he will head to the nation’s capital and make sure that he gets through a full medical, but it would be an enormous pick-up.
“He has been a good player. He’s been on the verge of representative football for a long time and injuries have held him back, but it will be a good pick-up for Canberra.”
The 29-year-old has scored 30 tries in 144 games for the Gold Coast Titans since debuting in 2010.
Ryan James will join the Raiders pending a medical.Source:News Corp Australia
James has also played two games for NSW country and five matches for the Indigenous All Stars, while being in and around the NSW Blues set-up over the years.
The signing would help boost the Raiders forward stocks after they lost John Bateman to the Super League.
The Raiders would have had money in their cap from the departure of Nick Cotric, who signed a three-year-deal with the Bulldogs.
The Raiders have also signed New Zealand Test forward Corey Harawira-Naera from the Bulldogs.
Originally published asInjured Titans skipper Ryan James set to sign with Raiders for 2021
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