Furner set to coach Raiders from 2009

Former Test back rower David Furner is set to become the Canberra NRL coach from 2009.

While Furner was yet to sign on the dotted line, his father and Raiders chief executive Don Furner has offered him a three-year deal to take over from Neil Henry, who will leave Canberra a year ahead of his present contract ending.

Henry said on Tuesday he was in discussions with both the North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos about taking the coach's role with one of those clubs next year.

Furner said it was "a dream come true" to be offered the top job.

The former Kangaroo had a stellar playing career with the Raiders, playing 200 top-grade games.

He is still the club's leading pointscorer with 1218 points in the lime green.

After a stint in the English Super League, Furner returned to the nation's capital where he was installed as assistant coach in 2006.