Young gun ... Brenko Lee.

Young gun ... Brenko Lee. Photo: Melissa Adams

They're the dynamic dozen NRL rookies in the Canberra Raiders system and coach Ricky Stuart wants his young talent to show why they should be the cornerstone for the future.

But Stuart is also calling on his established leaders to lead the way and follow the blueprint laid out during the club's premiership era.

The Raiders will field a youthful squad featuring 12 players yet to debut in first grade in Saturday night's trial against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park.

Right centre is one of the positions up for grabs as highly rated 21-year-old Jack Wighton is shifted to five-eighth alongside fellow halves contender Mitch Cornish.

With World Cup stars Josh Papalii and Anthony Milford and captain Terry Campese kept in cotton wool for the side's second trial in a fortnight, it gives Canberra's next generation a chance to shine.

Among those on display will be hulking outside back Brenko Lee, Luke Bateman, Andrew Heffernan, Patrick Mago and Tevita Pangai jnr.

Outstanding halves prospect Cornish, Jack Ahearn, Jeremy Hawkins, Shannon Boyd, Mitch Cronin, Jeff Lynch and Matt Allwood will also get a run.

The Raiders are renowned as a nursery for some of the game's most promising juniors, but Stuart made it clear he wanted a return to the glory days when the likes of himself, Laurie Daley, Brad Clyde and Steve Walters learnt their trade from seasoned internationals such as Mal Meninga and Gary Belcher.

''We don't want a good young development team playing for the Raiders every year,'' Stuart said.

''We need good experienced players around them playing very well. Having those players who can be mentors and who you can look up to helped the younger players get to where they got to.''

Campese is part of a four-strong leadership group including former international prop Brett White, two-time Raiders player of the year Shaun Fensom and Country representative Josh McCrone.

''I'm really happy with the seniority at this club,'' Stuart said.

With Wighton looming as a possibility to partner Campese in the halves for the round-one clash with the North Queensland Cowboys, Stuart is leaning towards youth for the right centre position made vacant by the departure of controversial star Blake Ferguson.

The 102kilogram, 192centimetre Lee has been elevated into the first-grade squad, and while still only 18, has the size and strength to move straight into the NRL.

His cousin Edrick Lee and Junior Kiwi representative Hawkins are among the other options at Stuart's disposal.

Rookie Raiders

Luke Bateman, Andrew Heffernan, Brenko Lee, Patrick Mago, Tevita Pangai jnr, Mitch Cornish, Jack Ahearn, Jeremy Hawkins, Jeff Lynch, Matt Allwood, Shannon Boyd, Mitch Cronin.