Raiders on notice for Manly NRL clash
Canberra coach David Furner is reserving his right to wield the axe ahead of the Raiders' away NRL clash with Manly after demanding his starting players bring the right attitude to training.
On Tuesday, he named an extended 19-man squad, but with only one change to the top-tier line-up that was trounced 44-22 by Cronulla at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.
A knee injury to hooker Glen Buttriss has earned Travis Waddell a recall, just a week since he was demoted to Canberra's feeder club the Mounties.
And Jack Wighton has been named on the bench, as has Bronson Harrison, who is returning from an ankle sprain.
But assistant coach Justin Morgan warned any one of the six named on the extended bench could push for senior selection and said Furner will be keeping his eyes out for those who don't impress on the training paddock ahead of Sunday's match.
He could not rule out giving Shaun Berrigan a chance at hooker further down the line, with Wighton also hotly pressing his claims for a return to the backline at the expense of Jarrod Croker.
"We could see one or two players possibly come into the starting team," Morgan conceded.
"I'm not just saying for Croker, but they're all a chance to come into the starting line-up.
"A lot of that will be based on how they train this week because there's a big correlation between training well and playing well.
"The coaching staff have sat down and mapped out a plan for this week and the most important one is attitude."
Particularly, attitude in defence will play a big part in the Raiders' preparations after leaking 44 points at home to the Sharks.
"It's not something to be proud of," said Morgan.
"We need to lift our standards - there's no doubt about it.
"But on the flip side, we only got a couple of opportunities to get down (the Sharks') end of the field and we put points on, so we've certainly got the ability to do that.
"We just need to ensure that the other parts of our game become more consistent."
Josh Dugan, who made a gingerly return from a shoulder injury in the Sharks' game, will start again at fullback against Manly.
Morgan said Dugan was 100 per cent injury-free, but admitted it would take some time for the No.1 to retain full match fitness.
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