Raiders hooker Tom Starling has returned to training just days after being arrested for assaulting police and spending the night in a Central Coast lock up. The 22-year-old was welcomed back into the fold on Tuesday, 24 hours after Canberra coach Ricky Stuart vehemently backed Starling following the Saturday night incident which left the former Newcastle Knight facing five counts of assaulting an officer in the execution of duty. NSW police have alleged Starling reached for an officer's gun in the scuffle, a claim the Raiders youngster denies. He is due in Gosford Local Court on January 21. In the meantime he will engage in preseason training with the Raiders, which involved a weights session at the club's Braddon headquarters on Tuesday.