"It's not the ideal situation, and no one's really happy about it, but we fully understand if there is a problem within the game" ... Brett White. Photo: Colleen Petch
BRETT WHITE knows how it feels for his club to be dragged through the mud after he was stripped of two premierships at Melbourne.
But the Canberra prop said the club, and rugby league, would be better off once the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigation was over.
White made a successful return from a serious knee injury with a 15-minute cameo in the Raiders' trial wins over Wyong and the Mounties on Saturday.
He was one of a handful of players the Storm had to offload in 2010 after they were found guilty of salary cap rorts.
The 30-year-old said ASADA's investigation was a necessary evil. Raiders players have become increasingly frustrated since Canberra was one of six NRL clubs mentioned in the Australian Crime Commission's report on its year-long investigation focused on sports doping and crime links.
"I think it's a bit of a different situation [to the Storm scandal] here,'' White said on Sunday. ''All the focus was on Melbourne; this is a bit more widespread.
"Obviously a lot of players are being painted with the same brush. It's not the ideal situation, and no one's really happy about it, but we fully understand if there is a problem within the game.
"The innocent players, they're going to be clean, and the guilty people will be found. At the end of this, we're going to have a cleaner game.''
White said he had pulled up well from his first run after months of mind-numbing rehab.
He is likely to play for longer this Saturday when the Raiders play their final trial, against Canterbury at Goulburn.
"I was certainly nervous before the game, and have had plenty of injuries before, but the knee was probably the hardest because you rely on it so much,'' White said. "I had concerns, but I knew I'd done all the work and did everything I could have done.
"The contact wasn't a concern, it's just the quick changes of direction in defence which are a worry.''