New Canberra coach could
start immediately

Canberra is considering pitching Matthew Elliott's successor immediately into a hands-on coaching role at the Raiders this season.

Raiders officials flagged the move, which is likely to put even more pressure on Elliott following two heavy losses and his decision to link with Penrith from next season. The club has indicated a decision on Elliott's replacement could be made as soon as next week.

Chairman John McIntyre has revealed Elliott's substitute could be asked to start work alongside him immediately.