Canberra star Brett White has admitted he and skipper Terry Campese approached Raiders board members to express disgruntlement the night before coach David Furner’s axing.
White and injured skipper Terry Campese went to a meeting with board member David Thom and major stakeholder Simon Hawkins on Monday night.
When asked on Friday if he went to the board to express disgruntlement with Furner, White replied: “In every organisation there’s going to be disgruntlement.
“I don’t deny there were issues but I’m not going to go into those issues.
“It’s not a public forum. They’re issues that have been brought up before and had been brought up with Dave (Furner).”
White, who was co-captain while Campese was injured last week, said he was still shocked to hear Furner had been sacked the following day.
“He’s a big part of this club and always will be,” White said.
“It’s unfortunate the way it all happened, but it’s done now and we’re prepared to move on and are excited about moving forward.
“We went in there with all good intentions of the club in mind. Those issues have been brought up before in the past.”
Campese said he only had the intention of approaching board members on Monday night with ideas on how they could move the club forward.
“The last thing I thought that was going to come out of that day was for Furnsy to be stood down,” Campese said.
“It was a shock to me when I heard and my intentions of the meeting that happened was not for Furnsy to get the sack.
“I was definitely disappointed.”
He added that he had a great relationship with Furner.
“I’ve worked with him for five years, and he was also my reserve grade coach,” Campese said.
“My relationship with Dave can hopefully continue and still be strong.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to speak to Dave yet, I sent him a text message straight away.”
Campese said the duo did not speak to board members about Furner’s backing of troubled star Blake Ferguson, who is reportedly looking to leave the club and move back to Sydney.
“That’s out of our hands and is up to Blake and what he wants to do,” Campese said.
“If he’s happy to stay, he’s a quality player, and guys love playing with quality players.”
However when asked if there were certain players that were not happy with Ferguson being at the club, Campese replied: “Mate, I guess, I’m not sure you’ll have to ask the individual I guess. I’m happy that he’s here.”
Campese has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash against Manly but expects to return for the Warriors clash next week.