Canberra new boy Jamal Fogarty accepts his partnership in the halves with Jack Wighton will be key to the Raiders having a successful 2022 NRL campaign.
The Raiders are priced at 15/4 to finish in the top four of the NRL and if they are to get there then Fogarty and Wighton will need to be firing on all cylinders.
Fogarty was a revelation for the Gold Coast Titans in 2021 when making 39 appearances as Justin Holbrook's men made finals for the first time in 10 years.
The 28-year-old then left the Gold Coast to join the Raiders ahead of the new season and he has settled into life in the capital very nicely indeed.
"I was a bit nervous but also super excited to come down and be able to play with the roster we’ve got here," Fogarty told NRL.com.
"I moved down to Canberra at the start of November and we’ve fitted in well. It’s a well-structured place. Everyone is so welcoming and genuine and they’ve made it easy for my family."
The Raiders have a roster packed with quality and everyone will be needed but there is no doubt the halves combination will be crucial to how successful they are in 2022.
"Everyone knows how awesome Jacko is as a player and our combination is new and we have to keep working on it now, next week, in the middle of June, the end of the year, we are never going to be a finished product," Fogarty added.
"Hopefully we can hit our straps at the right time of the year. That’s the way we need to be heading if we are going to do anything special."