Canterbury beef up coaching staff with David Furner assistant appointment


Canterbury have unveiled part of their new coaching staff for 2021, with Canberra legend and former Raiders coach David Furner named as Trent Barrett‘s assistant.

The Bulldogs’ rebuilding plans have received a boost with the acquisition of Furner, who has completed an impressive apprenticeship.

After a successful 300-game playing career with Canberra, Wigan and Leeds, Furner moved into coaching and immediately showed himself to be a shrewd football brain.

He started out as an assistant with the Raiders in 2006 before being appointed the club’s head coach in 2009 for four seasons.

In 2013, he joined North Queensland as assistant coach and was part of their 2015 premiership-winning campaign before further stints at South Sydney as an assistant (2017-18) and Leeds as a head coach (2019) preceded a return to his current position as assistant coach with the Newcastle Knights.

Furner feels like Canterbury is the perfect opportunity to further build his coaching career.

“I have been impressed with the vision that the Bulldogs have for the future and the plan that they have put together to get there,” Furner said.

“They are a proud club that are looking to rebuild, and I am excited about what lies ahead for them.

“I am looking forward to working with Trent and the rest of the staff that are arriving for 2021, and I know that there is a strong will to turn the club around to create the results that the members and fans expect.

“I appreciate the Knights for their support through this process, and I have a job to do for the rest of this season that is crucial and where my focus will be 100 per cent.”

2021 – Bulldogs coaching staff:
Trent Barrett – Head coach
David Furner – Assistant coach
Mick Potter – Mounties head coach



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