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Bright White sets his sights on 2013

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Brett White's pre-season for the 2013 campaign started yesterday.

It's a funny statement to make given the NRL season is only five weeks old, but indicative of the positive attitude the injured Canberra Raiders prop is maintaining.

The former Kangaroos and NSW representative's season came to a grinding halt when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Monday night's 22-6 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys at Canberra Stadium.

Perhaps the only three people pleased to see him at home are his biggest fans - eight-year-old daughter Georgia and sons Jack, 5, and Colt, 19 months.

''I keep looking at the bright side - I can keep an eye on my son's footy and soccer games throughout the year,'' White said.

''I'll be able to spend some time with the kids this year and during the recovery.''


White will have a traditional reconstruction today which has a nine-month recovery period.

The other option was ligament augmentation and reconstruction system (LARS) surgery, which involves using a synthetic ligament and has been used by several AFL players in a bid to return to the field quicker.

But after taking advice from his surgeon, and having seen the successful return Raiders captain Terry Campese has made from his reconstruction, White is taking the safe option.

''We spoke about either one and life after footy as well,'' White said.

''It's about getting it right and not mucking around with it and being 100 per cent in 2013.

''Plenty of blokes have done this, look at Campo.

''I think he had a bit more damage in his knee and he's flying.

''I was feeling really good before this happened so I've got no doubt I can get back to the field again.''

White, who turns 30 on Sunday and is contracted with the Raiders until the end of next year, has taken a lot of heart from how Campese has burst back to form after his knee reconstruction in September, 2010.

Campese returned to the field after nine months, only to tear his adductor muscle in his first game back.

The Raiders five-eighth has played all five games this season.

''I actually rung [Campese] this morning after I got out of the surgeons,'' White said.

''Just had a chat to him about how it was, how he felt after the operation.

''Today's the first day of pre-season for 2013 for me. It gives me plenty of time to get ready and take my time with it to get it right.''

White said he felt a sharp pain in his knee as soon as he went to tackle Cowboys forward James Tamou.

Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua sustained the same season-ending injury at the same ground on Saturday, but White didn't notice anything with the surface which contributed to his injury.

''I must have twisted on it the wrong way,'' White said.

''I asked the Doc to speak English to me, give it to me straight up, what it was and how bad it was.

''It's just an unfortunate thing.''

Second-rower Joel Thompson will join White on the sidelines for the next four to six weeks with a lateral ankle strain.

That rules the 23-year-old out of his third consecutive appearance for the Country Origin team.

Having made a successful transition to the forward pack this season, Thompson is desperate to return as soon as possible.

''Missing the Raiders games comes first and I'm devastated,'' Thompson said.