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The Canberra Raiders have engaged the services of highly regarded sports physician and administrator Dr Peter Fricker OAM, to conduct a high performance review of the clubs football operations ahead of the 2014 season.

The review will be conducted over the next few weeks, with recommendations to be presented to the Raiders in the early stages of 2014.

Raiders Football Manager John Bonasera said the purpose of the review was to see where the Raiders can best improve all aspects of their football operations.

As a club we are showing that we want to give our performance managers and team the best chance of learning and developing in their line of operations. Bonasera said. Dr Peter Fricker has been a team Doctor with several Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams and will be a wonderful asset in this area, having worked with a number of talented elite sporting people and organisations throughout his career.

Professional sport is about preparation and performance and we see this appointment as a key component in furthering our capacity to gain information and advice for our staff and players to perform at their optimum level.

Dr Fricker said he would take a couple of weeks to speak to all of the clubs football staff across all areas and provide a set of recommendations which could help improve certain aspects of the organisation.

Im here to take a fresh look at the club and how the Science and Medicine service providers work with the players, Dr Fricker said. Theres always an opportunity to take things to the next level and improve performance and its up to me to speak with all of the staff to determine the best outcomes for the club.

This is my first day at the club but already I can see a passionate and professional staff here, all of who are very keen on getting the best performance out of the players.

Dr Peter Fricker is a highly qualified sports physician and administrator who has previously held the positions of acting CEO of the Australian Sports Commission and was the longest serving Director of the AIS.

He recently returned from Doha where he worked as an adviser to the head of their national sporting complex, the Aspire zone in all matters pertaining to sports medicine, research and technology.