Jack Wighton to join Raiders in Qld

Oliver Caffrey
Jack Wighton won't play in Canberra's clash with Brisbane after being stood down by the Raiders

Canberra are hoping Jack Wighton can play in their vital NRL match against Brisbane on Saturday night despite the fullback pleading guilty to assault charges.

Fairfax Media has reported Wighton boarded a flight out from Canberra to join his Raiders teammates in Queensland where they are preparing for the game at Suncorp Stadium.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty on Thursday to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of common assault and one of public urination during a night out in February.

When Wighton first appeared in ACT Magistrates Court in April, he pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

The case was due in court on July 10, but Wighton's change in pleas means the hearing is no longer needed.

Wighton is now due back in court on July 6.

The Raiders released a statement in April saying Wighton would be available to play until the end of his court proceedings.

The club is expected to comment later on Thursday.

The case comes as the Raiders are mounting an unlikely charge towards the finals after star hooker Josh Hodgson's return from a knee injury.

In Hodgson's first game before the representative bye, the Raiders smashed Wests Tigers 48-12 in their most complete performance of the season.

Canberra are sitting ninth on the ladder, two games behind the Broncos in eighth.

A loss at Suncorp will damage their finals chances as the Raiders will then be six points behind the eighth-placed Brisbane, with a daunting run home that includes away games against Cronulla, Melbourne and Penrith.