Former Raiders player turns coach and takes over Holden Cup reins

Brett White

A favourite son during his time at the Canberra Raiders, there is a challenge of a different kind for Brett White, as he moves into the coaching ranks at the club.

With the departure of Mick Mantelli, who has been involved with the Holden Cup team for 8 years – four as head coach – White has been given the opportunity to coach the Raiders Holden Cup side in 2016.

In his first full season out of the game, White has picked up some helpful and invaluable coaching tips as a part of the Raiders coaching team and he is excited to assume the head coaching role.

“I can’t wait to take on the role and I know I have some fantastic support at the club with experienced coaches like Ricky Stuart, Mick Crawley and Dean Pay to seek advice from,” White said.

“This year was my first full-season as a Coach and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and have been able to learn a lot from Mick Mantelli.”

The Raiders are well known for developing young, talented players, and progressing them into first-grade, something White is privileged and excited to be involved with.

“The Raiders have produced some very talented NRL players from their junior ranks and I know it is part of my responsibility to make sure I help to best prepare the next crop of players for the next stages of their careers,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team next season and helping to get them to a position where they can progress.”

John Bonasera, the Raiders Football Manager, said the experience that White has as a player will be valuable for the young players in the Holden Cup.

“Brett’s achieved everything in the game as a player, winning a Grand Final, playing representative football and leading the team on the field. We know he’ll bring his experience and knowledge to the NYC coaching position,” Bonasera said.

“Having someone of Brett’s stature in the game to help mentor and develop young players is a huge positive for the club and we’re confident he’ll do a great job.”

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