Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights Discussion' started by Billy, Nov 1, 2017.
IF (and that's a big IF) Naden plays well enough to get himself into contention, I'd reckon Ken Sio would be first cab off the rank - Naden is primarily a centre as I understand, so potentially SKD to a wing and Naden and Moga a centre pairing?
Naden has shown good ability in the lower grades. I'm surprised he hasn't kicked on at all yet.
He looks massive in the training videos, initially I thought he was a big Jordan McLean twin running around. Could be a good bargain buy for us if he can combine skill & size into the centre role we sorely lack.
Gibbs had good money thrown at him. We were keen to keep him.
Lamb looking to build Watson combo
Tue 14th November, 05:16PM
There is a battle brewing at the nib Newcastle Knights over who will get the nod to start in the halves for the 2018 season.
Talented local youngster Brock Lamb already knows the ins and outs of Trent Hodkinson and Jack Cogger's games, so this pre-season he will be aiming to build a strong combination with newcomer Connor Watson.
“He's a good bloke and we've had a few laughs already,” Lamb told Knights TV.
“We got along pretty well to start with and hopefully the combination forms on the field.
“There will be a lot of time for us to learn how each other plays and how we can organise the team... so it's exciting to see how we can build a combination.”
The 20-year-old maintains it will be crucial to get a good pre-season under his belt to claim a starting spot in the side.
“I'm going to try and stay injury free,” said Lamb.
“The two weeks of pre-season so far have been tough, but I think all the boys have been ripping in and we are showing improvements from last year which is important.
“I want to cement a spot within the team, try and play some consistent footy throughout the year but until Christmas it is just getting my fitness right and training hard every day.”
The Knights half admits the Club’s new roster for 2018 is coming together nicely.
“To see how some of the boys train compared to how we trained as a group in the past year is very exciting and everyone is buying into it,” Lamb added.
“It's exciting not just for us players but for the fans with a few new faces.”
And Lamb said he’ll be able to take advantage of a more experienced Newcastle side next season.
“All the boys tend to look up to the older fellas,” he said.
“You have Jacob Lillyman, who has come in and I know he is helping the boys and you’ve got Aidan Guerra.
“There are a couple more to come which is important for us younger boys to learn and grow off them.”
Now that is better than reading Mitchell Pearce here, there, everywhere.
Thanks roughie good news item.
End of this article there is a footnote saying we have signed 21 year old Brent Naden (thought he was older than that).
Panthers NYC fullback Brent Naden 188 cm and 87 kg he,s not a big guy but the panthers site were not happy that he was gone as they thought he was a talent ....
Not big? Maybe kgs wise. He is a back though......
Photos of Jack Johns training on the Knights site.
In one he seems to be doing some ball work with his arm in a light cast.
Interview with Tautau Moga
Interview with Mitch Barnett
When Naden and Jack Johns are added to the profiles, we will have 40 in the senior squad.
These are not the teams i'd select, but I think this is the popular sentiment.
8 Dan Saifiti
16 Jake Saifiti
2 Tom Hughes
3 Chanel Mataútia
4 Cory Denniss
5 Dylan Pythian
6 Jack Cogger
7 Trent Hodkinson
8 Josh King
9 Slade Griffin
10 Tyrone Amey
12 Brodie Jones
13 Luke Yates
14 Tom Starling
15 Sam Stone
16 Pat Mataútia
17 Pasami Saulo
Buhrer welcomes injection of experience
Tue 21st November, 03:57PM
As last season's co-captain, Jamie Buhrer has welcomed the injection of several new faces that will bring valuable experience to the squad in 2018.
And while the incoming players will have plenty of lessons to hand down to the younger players, Buhrer says their value as class athletes can't be forgotten either.
“It's not just the experience facet of it, they are fantastic players coming in,” explained Buhrer.
“You don’t fluke, in (Jacob) Lillyman’s case, over 200 games and in (Chris) Heighington’s case over 300 games... and Aidan (Guerra) has played a lot of Origin footy.
“They are good footballers first and foremost, but it is great to have them from a leadership standpoint because there was a message, from myself and other leaders in the team, that we were trying to set last year.
“There are voices that are going to be added this year so the more people that are pushing in the one direction, the better.”
And regarding the younger recruits for 2018, Buhrer says they have brought plenty of energy and enthusiasm.
“They have fit in really well and it has been quite seamless,” he said.
“They have been brought in to do a job and one that they’re really keen to do.
“Kalyn (Ponga) and Connor (Watson) have just brought a very good energy to the place so it's exciting to see.”
Notoriously known for being the toughest period for players, Buhrer has taken pre-season training in his stride.
“I'm pretty tired, a bit sore as I’m sure a majority of the boys are,” Buhrer laughed.
“It's a very professional program that we are running this year and there is obviously a lot of competition for spots and people are trying to outdo each other in fitness.
“Stoney (Sam) in particular is a very fit young man and usually someone I try to outdo in the fitness stakes and I think I’ve got him in some things and he’s got me in others.
“From the seniors to the young fellas, there is some healthy competition.”
The 27-year-old’s goal for next season is not only to make the starting side but put in big minutes each match.
“There are a lot of quality back rowers, both middle and edge,” he said.
“We brought in Slade (Griffin) and he is a utility as well… Danny (Levi) is doing some great things in the World Cup so there is healthy competition for spots.
“One thing that is certain, is come Round 1, we’re going to have a very deep forward pack.”
Interesting that Stone is competing with Buhrer for fitness.
He trained pretty well last year, but I don't think he was anywhere near the level of Buhrer.
He is a guy who has made massive gains over the last 2 off seasons - over 2 years has gone from a bench player in NYC to firstgrade - so it won't be surprizing if he has another big gain.
He need endurance because as year went on he faded slightly if going to be long term NRL player needs to maintain level for whole season or get better as season goes on so I hope he doesn't overdo it early
Watson settling into life as a Knight
Wed 22nd November, 02:38PM
Half way through his third week at the Club, nib Newcastle Knight Connor Watson is settling into life as a red and blue.
He says he's still getting used to all the new faces, but being from the Central Coast is also enjoying some familiarity.
“I grew up playing with some of these boys and versing them, so the transition into that hasn’t been too hard,” Watson told Knights TV.
“There are still a lot of people that I don’t know though, particularly the staff and the people that work in the office.”
Watson maintains he’ll be working hard on building new combinations this pre-season.
While the jury’s still out on who will be the starting halves, the 21-year-old already has a little bit of history with now teammate Brock Lamb that could be handy.
“He is pretty cheeky Brock,” laughed Watson.
“I versed Brock a little bit when I was younger and we have known each other for a while.
“He is a great player and he showed how good he was last year, I think we’ll see his game go to a whole new level with more experience in the team.
Veteran Trent Hodkinson and young talent Jack Cogger are also in the mix for 2018.
“Competition is always good, it helps to take your game to the next level and keeps you on your toes,” Watson said.
“It means you need to play well when you get the opportunity and that’s what I’ll be trying to do.”
While the young half has only just got a taste of pre-season training with his new Club, he’s already certain on what he needs to do to be ready come March.
“You don’t want to peak too early because it is a long time to get ready for the season... so it's just about getting fit and working hard with the people you are going to be playing with,” Watson stated.
“Building combinations is probably the biggest aim for me, getting really comfortable and starting to learn and understand how people can play so I can start to play my game to suit theirs.”
Saifiti's road to recovery
Thu 23rd November, 12:57PM
nib Newcastle Knight Daniel Saifiti is almost halfway through six months of rehabilitation following a shoulder reconstruction in the off-season.
The big forward is training alongside teammate Mitch Barnett, who also had shoulder surgery, as the pair follow a specialised training program on their road to recovery.
“Recovery is a bit repetitive and it can be annoying not being with the boys and not getting the footy in the hands, but I get to train with Mitch which makes life a bit easier,” explained Saifiti.
“There has been a lot of running, a lot of leg weights.”
The 21-year-old injured his shoulder in last season’s Round 25 match against the Canberra Raiders.
“There was no other way around it other than getting surgery… it was annoying but it is what we had to do,” Saifiti stated.
“I had a full reconstruction which is a long six-month injury, but we’re almost halfway there now and it is getting a bit easier.”
But the gym work is starting to ramp up.
“We were getting smashed in the legs there for a bit but now we’re starting to get a bit more range,” Saifiti commented.
“A bit less pain and a bit more upper body so that is something we like to do as well.”
While the start of 2018 is still more than three months away, the Saifiti twin is thinking ahead to what he wants to achieve next season.
There may be a whole new forward pack in the making, with the likes of Aidan Guerra, Jacob Lillyman and Herman Ese’ese arriving at the Club, but the young forward is confident of retaining his regular starting spot.
“We have now got Jacob and Herman there while Jacob my brother and Kingy (Josh King) were playing good there last year,” Saifiti added.
“I have had the starting spot for the last two years and it is not something I want to give up."
Saifiti admits he won’t just be focusing on things on the field next season, but off-field, to improve his game.
“Lifestyle choices usually translate to on the field,” explained Saifiti.
“I was pretty consistent last season with my form and I found when I was getting the stuff off the field right, my form on the field was going pretty well.
“Getting that right, a few little things in defence and in attack probably my leg speed needs to get a bit better.
“That is something I have talked with Browny (Nathan Brown) about, just a few things here and there.”
Nick Meaney aims to step up
Fri 24th November, 01:31PM
With a breakout 2017 in Reserve Grade, nib Newcastle Knights Nick Meaney will be pushing to continue that momentum next season.
The 20-year-old, who won back-to-back player of the year awards for the Knights NYC and ISP sides, maintains it would be a major accomplishment to run out for first-grade in 2018, and that’s one goal he is working towards.
“An NRL debut would be a massive achievement for myself,” cited Meaney.
“While that’s a big goal, I also need to focus on getting back to Reserve Grade, doing better there and hopefully obtaining my position back at fullback.
“Maybe as the year goes on, I could get bumped up into the first-grade team, but we’ll see what happens.”
While Meaney’s preference is playing at fullback, the youngster has no qualms about going out wide to take up a role on the wing or in the centres.
“Growing up I was used to playing in different positions and getting a feel for what kind of job you’ve got to do,” Meaney explained.
“I would be happy enough to play in the centre or the wing, anywhere really, although fullback is a preference of mine because I like the amount of workload you have to do.
“Running in and organising the team, you can see the whole field and pick up on what other people’s jobs are.”
Competition in the squad is fierce with new recruit Kalyn Ponga ear marked for the fullback role wile Dylan Phythian is set to make his long-awaited return from injury.
“That just makes me a better player with all the competition, and at training we are competing against each other for spots,” Meaney added.
“Kalyn Ponga is a great player and that’s only going to make me even better myself.”
Meaney is off to a good start, blitzing the two-kilometre time trial on return to pre-season training and continuing to impress out on the track.
“On the field is probably a bit more my strength and the running around the track,” Meaney admitted.
“I grew up doing little athletics so that has kind of helped and I’m just trying to get better in the gym.”
The young fullback, who is having his second pre-season training with the NRL squad, wants to make sure he hits a few marks before the start of the 2018 season.
“I have to work on my game, my body and put on weight which helps when you are versing men that weigh 100 plus kilos,” said Meaney.
“Pre-season is pretty hard on our bodies so just keeping healthy, injury free and getting stronger and faster.”
Meaney admits he’ll take advantage of the years of knowledge and experience that is arriving at the Club.
“There is a lot of new people in this year and a majority of them are older players,” Meaney commented.
“Experience helps in training drills and they have a pretty good insight into what you need to do, how to get better and it helps all us younger players.
“It is always good to be around these great players, learning different things even off the field.
“They have been around for many years and they give us little tips that we can do to improve our health and our body fitness.”
Would love to see this young man make it.
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