The Raiders have been through a difficult time over the past two seasons and a half, having lost the premiership to Melbourne and being dumped by the Warriors for the first time in two years.
They were ranked third in the NRL last season and have only won the last two matches.
The Raiders’ fortunes have taken a hit after the departures of captain and all-time leading try scorer Josh Dugan and the replacement, Kurt Gidley.
Their coach, Justin Hodges, has also had a difficult year with a three-year contract expiring at the end of next season.
However, he is now the Raiders’ new coach and there are signs that things are beginning to pick up.
He has the experience to lead the Raiders to a new level of success, according to his assistant coach, Matt Renshaw.
“He’s got a long career and he’s been around for a long time, so he knows how to get the best out of the players, but he’s also got a strong team spirit,” Rensham said.
“We see it when we get a couple of wins on the back of the new coach, like the two wins over the Warriors and the win against the Roosters.
We know that we’re going to have to get better every week, every week.”
Renshawn says the Raiders need to take control of their performances “I think we have to take a little bit more control over our performances.
I think we need to be playing some really good rugby and we need some consistency.”
Raiders coach Justin Hodgs says they need to win games if they want to be successful Renshan says he is confident the Raiders will make the finals, given the amount of games that they have played.
“I do think we can do it, I think the season has been a bit tough but we know we have the talent to do it,” he said.
Renshy has the support of his players, including fullback James Tedesco.
He says he will be working hard to get his players ready for the finals.
“Everyone knows I can’t be there for everybody, and if I can be there I will be there every week,” he told AFL.com.au.
“But it’s my job to do what I can to make sure the team is playing well.
If we can get that consistency, I can definitely see the Raiders being very successful.”
Rinshaw says the team’s focus will be on building momentum for the 2017 season.
“The big thing is to take the next couple of weeks and see how it goes,” he added.
This is a very competitive club and if we can pick up the momentum we can really get on the right path.”