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Raiders keen to give coach Kimmorley the nod

Former premiership halfback Brett Kimmorley has emerged as a genuine contender to take on an assistant coaching role at Canberra next season.

The Raiders on Saturday confirmed they intended to interview Kimmorley as their search continues to find a replacement for the sacked Justin Morgan.

The 36-year-old was at Raiders headquarters during the week to do some work for Fox Sports, where he is a commentator.

Kimmorley was non-committal about his interest in the position when contacted by The Canberra Times on Saturday, but stopped short of dismissing a move to the Raiders.

''I was in Canberra the other day. I did have a look around,'' Kimmorley said.

''I came down to do a bit of stuff with Fox, and also check out the facilities.


''I'm not going to speculate in any way on what's going to happen or anything.''

Asked if he had conducted an official interview with the Raiders, Kimmorley said: ''No. It hasn't got that far, no.''

Kimmorley currently holds a position on Canterbury's coaching staff and is highly regarded at Belmore.

''I've been on the coaching staff with Canterbury for the last two years and I do enjoy the role,'' Kimmorley said.

''It's been good learning from Des [Hasler] and seeing how modern coaches have changed from the '90s, to how much preparation is put into the game these days.

''I'm working with Canterbury and if something else happens and you get offered something, in most things in life you investigate it and have a look at them.

''They're certainly in a good position, Canberra. They've got some good players and obviously the success they had at the end of last [season] puts them in good stead for next year.''

Two years ago, the Raiders made an official offer to Kimmorley to finish his playing career with Canberra in 2011.

But after Kimmorley chose to retire, Canberra signed Matt Orford with poor results.

''I did have some conversations with Dave [Furner, Canberra coach] about playing,'' Kimmorley said.

''It was something we looked at, but in the end my body was telling me enough was enough.''

The Raiders previously held discussions with Australian coach Tim Sheens about his interest in a director of coaching role at the club where he won three premierships.

But Sheens is committed to staying in Sydney and is hoping to be re-signed as Australian coach, which could become a full-time role.

Furner is in no hurry to settle on his second deputy to complement Andrew Dunemann.

Dunemann coached Canberra's Toyota Cup side last year, and was promoted to the NRL squad to replace Andrew McFadden following his departure to the Warriors.

''My decision on the assistant coach will be on what's best for the team, I'm not going to rush anything,'' Furner said.

''There's a couple of ways I can go and I'm not going to rush into it, I want to get it right.''