Knights eye more NRL signings for 2017

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  1. rhugh89

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    Knights eye more NRL signings for 2017


    Tue 01 Nov, 2016, 2:37pm
    AAP


    Newcastle coach Nathan Brown is optimistic the back-to-back NRL wooden spooners can bolster their squad with several more players before the 2017 campaign kicks off.

    The Knights are favourites to finish last for the third successive season after adding only Jamie Buhrer (Manly), Rory Kostjasyn (North Queensland) and Ken Sio (Hull KR) to the roster who managed just one win in 2016.

    The Knights insist they have a cash stockpile waiting to be spent on the right players, and further funds could become available if they are successful in finding new clubs for Jack Stockwell and Jake Mamo.

    "I think in the NRL, nearly anything is possible these days,'' Brown said.

    "We saw Michael Jennings move (from the Sydney Roosters to Parramatta) in early December last year.

    "If you believe what you hear, there's a number of clubs under salary-cap pressure and different clubs are trying to move different players for different reasons ... you just don't know who becomes available this year.

    "But I do know if you've got money, you're always a chance. If you don't have money, you're no chance.''

    Since Brown's arrival in Newcastle 12 months ago, numerous players have parted company with the club, including Chris Houston (Widnes), Adam Clydsdale and Joe Tapine (Canberra), Tariq Sims (St George Illawarra), Robbie Rochow (South Sydney), Akuila Uate (Manly) and Jeremy Smith (retired).

    As well as their three recruits for 2017, they picked up fringe first-graders Pauli Pauli (Parramatta), Brendan Elliot (Roosters) and Mitch Barnett (Canberra) last season.

    Brown predicted there would "still be a fair bit of movement" in the market in coming weeks, as clubs juggled their rosters and players eyed greener pastures.

    "We've still got a decent amount of money,'' Brown said. "It just depends what comes up. We've just added Ken Sio, who helps our outside backs.

    "We'd definitely like to bring another outside back in. We like to bring in a middle-type player and an edge-type player.

    "I'd say we'd like to bring in another three players, if that was possible. Whether that's possible, we'll have to wait and see.''

    The Knights kicked off pre-season training on Tuesday with fitness testing and Brown said they were "in a little bit of a better position than we were this time last year''.

    "The younger guys are more aware of what first grade is about, having played a fair number of games last year and having their first pre-season,'' he said.

    "There's definitely a lot of those guys in a position to have a better pre-season and improve on that.''


    http://www.nrl.com/knights-eye-more-nrl-signings-for-2017/tabid/10874/newsid/102337/default.aspx

     
  2. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    On paper, our roster is still weaker now than when Brown took over.
    3 more NRL standard signings and we will be close, but those last two quotes in that article are the real difference.
    We have 15 or so guys who are basically rookies - most wouldn't have got a game yet at any other club - and with the experience they got last year and the long pre season they are getting now, at least half a dozen of them should have real breakout years with any luck at all.
     
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    It may be weaker on paper but it has a lot more potential than before he took over ...They may not be NRL standard yet but they are working they're way up to it ...Where as the guys that got us the first spoon were NRL standard and worked they're way down to nsw cup standard ...I prefer who weve got now and who we will get and I don't care if it takes 2 years for them to come good... ill wait ...
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    And more importantly Ethan a much better mind set!
     
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    Yes ...They are giving it everything they have ...They're not there yet but they will get there , by 2018 we will be a good side I have no doubt. Ponga or Holmes and a prop of some worth would do me for next season . We also have a lot of good young players that will be ready to step up into 1st grade by 2018 too, Forwards , halves and backs .....Its not great being a knights supporter at the moment but hey we cant be great all the time and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and a couple more signings and were on our way up imo
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Well the players will be fitter and a bit more experienced for the run now with some of them playing most of the year while others got a good handful of games here and there. According to Brown he came to probably the most unfit squad in the comp last season with players out injured and some slacking off but thankfully for us we have everyone back fresh and a whole pre-season ahead so things are looking up.
     
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    Well we know we are not getting Procter, off to the Titans. They do seem to have found the Broncs paper bags secret.
     
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    Only one secret there ...don't let anyone see you hand it over lol
     
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    They have realised a lot of blokes
     
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    And probably released some also to pay for Hayne's +$1mill per year!
     
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    Nathan Davis from the titans is off contract for 2017. I think he'd a top pick up to play in the centres.
     
  12. Anthony01

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    Agree with Davis. Still young but full of potential.
     
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    Big injury to come back from , but yes I'd take him aswell I think he was really good before he got hurt
     
  14. ryan.berger.56

    ryan.berger.56 Todd Bates

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    We have our young players, we have the money for a good star or two let's not spend money on potential players when we have plenty of them already and no leadership or NRL quality
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Don't we already have enough project players?
     
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    He'd be a lot better value for money than one of our current "non project" players who plays in that position (Gagai).
     
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    any danger of getting a good, big experienced prop?
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Who the hell is Nathan Davis?
     
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    ryan.berger.56 Todd Bates

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    Gagai is a center, he can only so much in a team out of form playing above their weight. He didn't have a great season last year but imagine how hard it would have been for him playing in the team he was. Next season will be better, let's not get rid of our good players for nobody's
     
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