Furner signs on with Raiders till 2014

The Canberra Raiders have secured the services of their Coach David Furner for a further two seasons, with the Raiders mentor signing on with the club until the end of the 2014 season.

Furner began his tenure as Raiders Coach at the beginning of 2009, with the success of the team in 2010 the catalyst for the Raiders board’s decision to re-sign the passionate Raiders Coach for another two seasons on top of his current deal which was until 2012.

Furner said he’s happy to be given the chance to stay on Coach the team he loves and said despite his extended contract, he wouldn’t be looking at taking the position for granted.

“You can never be too safe as a coach and it’s important that we keep building for success and look to get this club back to where we know we can be,” Furner said. “Yes it’s great to have the club show faith in me, but at the same time I know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us if we are to achieve the success we want as a team.”

Furner said the Raiders would be looking to build on what they achieved last season and said the club itself was starting to get itself into a position where they want to be on-field.

“We’ve shown that we’re a club that can produce local talent and we’re looking at further developing our young stars like we have in the past when we had the likes of Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart and Bradley Clyde coming through the ranks,” he said. “We’ve also shown this year we can attract Marquee players from other clubs with the likes of Matt Orford, Brett White and Blake Ferguson joining us.

“It’s also important we keep players we have here as well and we’ve been talking with guys like Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Bronson Harrison and things look positive.”

In other Raiders news new recruit Matt Orford had his first team session this morning with the Raiders main group, after overcoming minor surgery on his knee.

Orford said it was great to be able to re-join the main group again and said he was looking forward to working with the team ahead of the trial matches.

“I’m a bit rusty but I suppose that’s just because I’ve been training with the rehab group,” Orford said. “The knee felt good though and I’m hoping to be available for the first trial in a couple of weeks’ time.”