New Zealand back-rower Bronson Harrison has snubbed a move to Parramatta and signed a new deal with Canberra that will keep him in the nation’s capital until 2013.

Harrison, who joined the Raiders from Wests Tigers in 2008, had been widely tipped to link up with New Zealand Test coach Stephen Kearney at the Eels, but said staying in Canberra was better for his career.

“To be honest, I’ve probably been spoilt up in Sydney. I had mum there and my sisters there. So coming down here means that I had to do a lot by myself,” Harrison said.

The 25-year-old said he wanted to get his future sorted before the season kicks off next week and can now concentrate on helping the Raiders into the finals for the second successive season.

“I didn’t want to have an excuse if I didn’t perform well that it was because of this,” he said.

“I felt that I’m a part of it here now and that it’s been good.

“And I want to bear the fruits of earlier years with the hard games we’ve put in.”

Raiders chief executive Don Furner said Harrison’s signing is a vote of confidence in the club.

“It’s pleasing when the players want to stay here,” Furner told reporters.

Furner said he was also confident of re-signing Test and NSW forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, who is being chased by Newcastle.

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