Raiders prop Brett White's former Storm teammate Glen Turner (pictured) is about to go into business with the representative front rower.
Raiders prop Brett White's former Storm teammate Glen Turner (pictured) is about to go into business with the representative front rower.

Wrapping up career part of a new plan

RAIDERS prop Brett White admits his passion for life can sometimes get the better of him.

As well as being a senior player at Canberra, he has a young family, is about to go into part-ownership of a business, and is studying at university.

He also completed a plumbing apprenticeship when he was younger.

"It's funny. When you rang me I was actually filling out a form to put off my Bachelor of Business Administration studies because I'm pretty busy at the moment," he told APN.

With the Blues, Kangaroos and Ireland representative in the twilight of his career, quite possibly in his last NRL season, White wants options for life after football. That is why he is about to buy into a Pita Pit food store in Canberra with former Melbourne Storm teammate Glen Turner.

"I haven't made a decision about next year yet, but I'm comfortable with where I'm at because this opportunity to go into business came up," he said.

"Some of the boys went to a Pita Pit store (in New Zealand) when I was at the Storm playing against the Warriors back in 2007, and they were raving about it. That made my ears prick up, so I took a mental note and made sure I visited a store over there the next year."

Never one to shirk a bit of hard work, White plans to help out his good mate Turner most nights of the week this season, despite his football and family commitments. With a glittering representative resume, the big front-rower could have gone straight to coaching or media work.

But he said he believed part-owning a business would further develop his leadership skills.

"To be a good coach you need to know how to manage people well, and this opportunity will help me develop those skills," said White, who also mentors young players coming through the Canberra Raiders' system.

"This will make me think outside the box a bit and help me if I do get into coaching one day."

White, who along with Raiders captain Terry Campese, approached the board last year to express their concerns about former coach David Furner, expressed his delight at what new coach Ricky Stuart has brought to the club.

"I'll admit I was a bit nervous before he came down here, but Ricky's been excellent in turning the club around and making us believe in ourselves," he said. "It's funny because he also hasn't had to worry about the young guys that brought (off-field) distractions to our club in previous years - they're not here anymore."