Joe Picker's Raiders future is unclear. Photo: Getty Images
The future of off-contract Raiders forward Joe Picker remains uncertain as new coach Ricky Stuart meets the playing group for the first time.
Stuart will speak with Raiders players who are in Canberra, including captain Terry Campese and vice-captain Brett White, at the club's headquarters on Monday.
Several stars, such as rookie Anthony Milford, Maroons forward Josh Papalii and representative prop David Shillington, are interstate on holidays.
Stuart's first task will be to decide on the playing roster for next season.
The former Parramatta boss has already stated he wants Milford to remain in Canberra, while Eels recruit Nathan Peats has been linked to the Raiders.
The South Sydney utility has a get-out clause in his contract if Stuart left the Eels.
Picker wants to continue his 110-game career at the Raiders, but has yet to be offered a new deal.
The 25-year-old second-rower debuted with the club in 2007 and represented the Prime Minister's XIII in 2008.
But the Crookwell junior was limited to just eight games in the top-grade this season.
Picker was recalled after a three-month absence for the round-26 encounter against the Cronulla Sharks at Canberra Stadium.
He was left off a banner featuring the club's departing players in a sign he could be offered a lifeline.
Joel Thompson's move to the St George Illawarra Dragons opens up a spot in the second row.
Melbourne Storm back-rower Lagi Setu is the only forward the Raiders have recruited for next season.
At one stage, the Raiders had all three Picker brothers in either their first-grade or under-20s squads.
Michael Picker played four games in 2011 before retiring at the end of this season with a chronic hip injury, while Ben Picker was released after starring in the club's National Youth Competition team last year.
Retaining Milford remains Stuart's No. 1 priority.
The Queensland under-20s captain rose to prominence with a superb rookie season, capped off by winning the Mal Meninga Medal as the Raiders' player of the year.
Milford's manager, Sam Ayoub, met Raiders chief executive Don Furner last Friday and said he would continue discussions once the exciting talent returned from his World Cup duties with the Samoan team.
''He's getting away to home in Brisbane for a few weeks with his family, as has always been the case,'' Ayoub said.
''We'll see how they feel and how they want to go about it.''
Ayoub also represents Peats, who looms as a possible option for the Raiders to bolster their stocks at dummy-half.
Peats signed a three-year deal with the Eels after being stuck behind Isaac Luke at the Rabbitohs.
Peats made his representative debut with City this year, but has been squeezed out of the Rabbitohs team in recent weeks.
''It's way too soon to be discussing those sort of things,'' Ayoub said.
''We'll see what happens at Parra, what coaches get appointed before we consider any options.''