David Furner has the most secure coaching job in the NRL after the Canberra Raiders locked in the club great until the 2014 season.
In a huge boost to retaining the Raiders’ batch of off-contract young stars, Furner and the club’s board have agreed on a two-year contract extension.
Furner’s original four-year deal was due to expire at the end of 2012.
Furner’s brother and club chairman Don Furner removed himself from the re-signing process to remove any chance of a perceived conflict of interest.
Furner is the only one of the 16 current NRL coaches to be contracted until 2014. That stability will prove crucial as the Raiders begin the tough task of re-signing their talented young roster.
Kangaroos prop Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, New Zealand back-rower Bronson Harrison and reliable second-rower Joe Picker are among the players off-contract at the end of this season, while fullback Josh Dugan, centre Jarrod Croker and front-rower David Shillington are signed until 2012.
Furner’s presence will also help the Raiders in attracting high-quality players from other clubs to the nation’s capital.
When Furner took over from Neil Henry in 2009 he had no first-grade coaching experience.
At the end of his current contract Furner, who turned 41 yesterday, will be the second longest-serving coach in Raiders history, behind only Tim Sheens, who was at the helm from 1988-96.
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