Raiders board to meet on Wighton

Oliver Caffrey

Canberra's board is set to discuss star fullback Jack Wighton's immediate playing future after his sentencing on assault charges was postponed until well after the NRL season.

Wighton fronted the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday and was directed to return on November 14 for sentencing.

The Raiders board was to meet later on Friday to discuss the matter, having stood Wighton down from playing last week after he changed his plea to guilty to six charges, including two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, stemming from a night out in Canberra in February.

Raiders chairman Allan Hawke has already vowed the Raiders will stand by Wighton, who has played at the club since 2012 .

"We don't condone Jack's behaviour and he'll have to face the serious consequences of that,'' Hawke told The Daily Telegraph last week.

"But we've got no intention of tearing up his contract. We want to stand by him."

However it remains to be seen whether the club will seek to play him again this season, a move the NRL would likely oppose.

The Wighton saga comes as the Raiders' season is precariously placed, sitting three games outside of the top-eight.

Canberra would have closed the gap to only one game if they had beaten Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium last week.

The Raiders led 16-0 at halftime before former player Anthony Milford inspired the Broncos to a famous victory.

Youngster Brad Abbey is filling the void left by Wighton in the No.1 jersey.