Sport Paul Kent says Canberra Raiders likely to sack Jack Wighton

12:22  06 april  2018
12:22  06 april  2018 Source:   Sporting News

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Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton has signed a contract extension until the end of 2018. "You have a look at Melbourne, they had that core from when they were young and they stuck together and it really helped them," Wighton said .

Jack Wighton will take on his Canberra Raiders fullback predecessor Josh Dugan on Sunday. The first piece of the puzzle was Dugan's sacking after a string of behavioural misdemeanours in early 2013. Schifcofkse said Wighton 's ability to save tries has impressed him more than his attack.

a person with collar shirt© Provided by Sportal com au Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton is likely to be stood down by the NRL and sacked by his team in the near future according to sports journo Paul Kent.

Wighton is currently facing assault charges over a pre-season nightclub brawl with the NRL Integrity unit now involved in the matter.

The 25-year-old missed his team's bounce back 26-10 victory against the Canterbury Bulldogs following the arrival of his newborn child earlier this week.

However, there is a genuine chance the Raiders back could have played his last game for the club due to the impending charges that lie ahead for the fight he was allegedly involved in earlier this year.

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The Canberra Raiders have named Jack Wighton . Grand final-winning five-eighth Brett Finch says Canberra 's losing streak would have been "frustrating" for an in-form Wighton at the back of a Austin and Michael Oldfield are the most likely replacements should Wighton be stood down by the club

Former Canberra skipper Alan Tongue says he was surprised the club overlooked specialist halves Mitch Cornish and Josh McCrone for Saturday's 21-20 loss to Cronulla, but insisted it's unfair to make Jack Wighton a scapegoat.

News Corp journalist Paul Kent told Fox League's Late Night with Matty Johns Wighton may not feature for the green machine again.

“I think very soon charges will be laid and I think things are pretty grim there, I think the NRL will stand him down for the season and the Raiders might end up sacking him,” Kent said.

“(His salary) counts (in the cap) up until he’s been paid,” Kent said.

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Jack Wighton will stay with the Canberra Raiders until the end of 2016. ''I don't want to make any rash statements there [filling Ferguson's shoes] but Jack is a player of the future and I think he can represent,'' Stuart said .

Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns believes Canberra full-back Jack Wighton is ready to break into State of Origin football as soon as this year after raving about his display in the Raiders ' 30-22 upset of Souths on Sunday. The legendary half-back said Wighton has shown enough in his hugely

“So the NRL financial year runs from November 1 until October 31.

"We’re now in (April) so let’s say roughly six months into it, so six months of his wage will come of the cap...”

It would be a major blow for a Raiders side who have struggled early on this season, starting the season with four straight losses and a number of key players horribly out of form.

The Country boy out of Orange has been a consistent performer for Canberra in recent years with experts even touting him to make an Origin debut in recent years for New South Wales.

Despite that, Wighton's alleged indiscretion is just one of many in a string of off-field incidents by Canberra Raiders players with the club previously showing they won't tolerate bad behaviour.

Josh Dugan was sacked and Blake Ferguson fined for a boozy cruiser session, Joel Monaghan was facing the sack and quit the club as a result of that lewd dog photo while Josh Papalli was suspended after a drink-driving offence.

Wighton has played 119 first grade games for the Raiders and has featured in the NSW Country side, Indigenous All Stars and Prime Minister's XIII.

Canberra will look to make it two wins in a row when they host Parramatta in round six.

Canberra win, Parramatta go 0-6 in NRL .
Parramatta have slumped to a 0-6 NRL record after losing 18-2 to Canberra at GIO Stadium.The Raiders led from start to finish on Saturday night to win 18-2, stonewalling the Eels' attack and notching consecutive wins after four-straight defeats to open 2018.

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