With a solid back-line and forward pack full of young and improving talent, many believe that the Raiders might be able to perform better, and earlier this season, then they have in previous years.
The Raiders are more than willing to deal with the added pressure, and don’t think that it will be a problem for them to cope with it.
“We’ve spoken about it. We’re not a side that’ll go under the radar any more,” said Furner.
For the Raiders, given their somewhat slow start in years past, they know that they cannot afford to do the same thing in 2011, but they will have to do so without inspirational five-eighth, Terry Campese.
“We’ve got a very strong squad,” says Furner.
“We’ll have a narrow focus going into the season on making sure that we get away to a good start.”
Perhaps their best move however, was signing former Manly halfback and Dally M winner, Matt Orford. Whilst he has his inconsistencies, he will be a great mentor to aspiring young half, Josh McCrone.
“It’s a role there that’s learnt by experience and Matt’s had a tremendous amount,” Furner said.