Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has praised the leadership of new recruit Ryan James after the prop chose to start pre-season training early alongside the club's Jersey Flegg squad.
Junior members of Canberra's NRL squad officially returned to training on Monday, but James has already spent the previous couple of weeks slogging it out.
The the 29-year-old former Titans captain, who has played 144 NRL matches, has been sidelined for the majority of the past two years due to ACL injuries.
James has signed with Canberra until the end of 2022.
"He put his hand up and wanted to train with the 20s and 21s. I've heard some stories about Ryan grabbing a couple of kids and showing them a certain way to lift or a certain way to train," Stuart said.
"It's wonderful to have that type of NRL player's experience. Ryan's been in the game a long time, he's experienced. For a younger player, I know how excited the younger players were to have Ryan around.