Hudson Young's NRL finals hopes are in tatters after the Canberra Raiders rookie was hit with an eight-game ban despite maintaining he did not gouge the eyes of a rival player. The alleged eye gouge on New Zealand outside back Adam Pompey - which the Warriors winger still maintains he "didn't feel" - will keep Young sidelined as the Raiders set their sights on a drought-breaking premiership. The result of the marathon two-and-a-half hour hearing left Young to cut a shattered figure and means he will miss the Raiders' finals clash with the Melbourne Storm in Melbourne on Saturday. It will also keep him sidelined for at least the opening month of Canberra's 2020 campaign, with the number of games missed next season set to hinge on how deep the Raiders go into this year's finals. "I just want to thank the panel for a fair hearing, and although I'm disappointed with the decision I'll accept my punishment and learn from it,'' Young said.