Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has the full backing of the club, boss Don Furner says. Photo: Getty Images
Canberra Raiders boss Don Furner insists coach Ricky Stuart has the full backing of the club and will be given the full term of his three-year deal to turn the embattled club around.
Speaking on Sydney radio station 2SM Super Network, Furner insisted the Raiders are ''still in good shape'' despite a horror season on the field and the continued inabiilty to attract big-name recruits.
Stuart has come under the microscope in his first year at Canberra as the team sits equal last with Cronulla and is staring its first wooden spoon in the face since 1982.
Furner said Stuart is in no danger of leaving before his contract expires.
"He's got a three-year contract and triggers for extensions, provided we go well,'' Furner said.
"I can't stress this enough, nobody has talked about his future, or lack of future at the club.
"Everybody is behind him, there's no question about that.''
Pressed on whether that may change if the Raiders miss finals again next year, Furner said: "He'll have another year to go on his contract and we'll review it then.
"You'd imagine halfway through the third year we'd start talking about it, but not before then.''
When asked if there was a rift, Furner said Stuart and the playing staff remain united.
"Absolutely not, every time a team is losing it's the first thing which gets brought up,'' Furner said.
"We've had some injuries, lost form and confidence and it's up to Rick and the coaching staff to get that back.
"We're a club which does back coaches, there's never been talk of that I've heard of.''
Furner was adamant under-fire skipper Terry Campese would see out the final year of his contract in 2015.
"He's got another year to go on his contract, he's with us next year,'' Furner said.
"Like everybody else we have to turn things around and he knows that, and he's not the only one.''
Furner reassured impatient Raiders fans the club is just as shattered with the lack of success this season.
"You do receive a lot of advice when you're losing, and all I keep saying to them is we're as disappointed as they are,'' Furner said.
"I know we can turn it around, we've been through this situation the last five or six years and have turned it around.
"Certainly the crowds drop off when you're not winning. We have to start winning again and getting them back.''