Rugby League

Former Canberra Raider Brett White appointed under-20s coach

New Canberra Raiders under-20s coach Brett White says his success will be judged more on how many young players are developed into first graders than on-field results. 

The former NSW and Australia prop will coach the side for the next two years, replacing the outgoing Mick Mantelli. 

Brett White ahead of his final match for the Raiders in September last year.
Brett White ahead of his final match for the Raiders in September last year. Photo: Graham Tidy

White was one of Mantelli's assistants this year, and was also forwards coach for the Raiders NRL side.

He picked up the coaching bug after helping then under-20s coach Andrew Dunemann in 2012 after he suffered a season-ending knee injury. 

The 33-year-old is selling his Canberra 'Pita Pit' franchise to focus solely on his coaching career. 

"It's a bit different because you're not really after results like you are in the NRL, it's more about developing players into first graders," White said.

"Everyone's competitive and I want the best players in my team, but my job is for the top two players in my team to go up [to NRL].

"I really enjoy working with that age group, in first grade you're just fine tuning but in the twenties you see bigger results.

"They may be a long way off and then a month later you get a real kick out of the improvement. 

"When I spoke to Sticky [Raiders coach Ricky Stuart] about the role he really pushed the fact I need to develop my own coaching style. 

"I've learned some good things as well from Craig Bellamy and Michael Maguire in Melbourne [as a player], you take bits and pieces.

"Footy's a passion, they say you do what you love and you never work a day in your life and that's pretty much how I've found this year."