Canberra have won the battle to sign Todd Carney, retaining the talented halfback until at least the end of the 2010 NRL season.
Carney rejected lucrative offers from both Manly and Penrith to stick with the Raiders in a deal which could be extended for a further two years.
Carney has an option in his favour for the 2011-12 seasons, the clause offering him an out after the 2010 season as uncertainty continues over coach Neil Henry's future with the club.
Henry is contracted through to the end of 2009 but has been strongly linked with the Brisbane job which becomes vacant at the end of this season.
Carney says he rejected offers from other clubs because Canberra felt like home and he says he has a premiership and State of Origin jumper in his sights.
"At the end of the day my heart was here," Carney said.
"Money doesn't buy happiness and I feel I've got my happiness here."