The Raiders are looking to retain the core of their grand final side.
Despite going down to the Roosters 14-8 in Sunday night’s decider, a host of Canberra players will have their contracts upgraded which could result in some leaving the club.
Wingers Jordan Rapana and Nick Cotric, centres Jarrod Croker and Joey Leilua, halfback Aidan Sezer and prop Sia Soliola all either come off contract this year or next.
Rapana is set for a code switch to Japanese rugby union, while the Raiders are happy with Leilua and Sezer talking to other clubs.
Canberra boss Don Furner said it would be tough to retain the current core down the track.
“We want to work on a couple but we are in good shape for the next couple of years, obviously there will be some pressure in 2021 and 2022,” Furner told AAP on Friday.
“Roster management is not an exact art form – you plan but you don’t know who is going to get injured, you don’t know who is going to get a better offer and leave.”
Raiders assistant Andrew McFadden conceded the side that faced the Roosters on Sunday likely won’t play together again.
“There’s probably going to be a few moving on at the end of the year but that happens with every team and you just have to take the moment,” McFadden said on Friday.
“They’re all very excited and tight and I’m sure they’ll take their moment.”
Furner spoke about the challenges of retaining the current group, especially those on smaller deals.
“Without a doubt (a successful season) puts pressure on keeping players,” Furner said.
“Young guys this year that have come into first grade because of injuries we had to the senior guys, they were all on small contracts but they don’t stay on small contracts.
“Charnze (Nicoll-Klokstad), Bailey (Simonnson), Corey (Horsburgh), Emre (Guler), and Hudson (Young), they all have certain kickers in their contracts.
“It all puts pressure on the cap and that’s one of the prices of success.
“We had a really good year in 2016 and had to let some players go – Paul Vaughan, Edrick Lee, Fenno (Shaun Fensom). It’s really hard.”
Recruitment manager Peter Mulholland added that not all players are motivated by money, pointing to Nicoll-Klokstad.
“There’s quite a few kids who will take that pay cut and it just proves that money is not what motivates them,” Mulholland said.
“I don’t want to be miserly but I know I’ve got a limited amount to spend and if they’re prepared to take that spend it means they’re prepared to take an opportunity to prove themselves.”