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I don't care about Knights' spoons: Buhrer

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016

Newcastle's major off-season recruit, former Manly and NSW Origin utility Jamie Buhrer, had no reservations about joining the back-to-back wooden spooners.

While Buhrer's disappointment at having to leave Brookvale after seven seasons and 128 top-grade games has been well documented, he is looking forward to a fresh challenge after signing a two-season deal with the Knights.

Newcastle finished last in 2015 and then won only one game this year in what was statistically the worst season by any team of the NRL era.

Buhrer said that was not a deterrent when he was deciding whether to accept Newcastle's offer.

"Especially the way they finished the year, they were much more competitive in games,'' he said.

"After the meeting I had with (Knights coach Nathan Brown), it was a pretty frank discussion about where the club is at and where it's going.

"I didn't so much look at last year as what is going to be, moving forward.

"He's got a vision that we're going to step up this coming year and continue to step up, hopefully culminating in that top eight and top four."

The 26-year-old will be one of Newcastle's more experienced players but said there had been no discussions about whether he would join former Manly teammate Trent Hodkinson as a co-captain.

"You don't walk into a leadership role,'' he said.

"I've got to make sure I'm somebody that the boys can look up to before anything like that can be bestowed upon me.''

Although his preferred position is backrow, Buhrer said he was willing to fill a variety of roles.

"Browny's touched on that - I won't be pigeon-holed into one position,'' he said.

"So obviously I'm going to have to be sharp in any number of positions that he might put me in.''

He denied that he felt he had a point to prove, after being asked by Manly to explore other options despite having a year to run on his contract.

"I don't think I'll wrap my head around the whole 'point to prove' thing just yet,'' he said.

"I might start thinking something like that in January, when I've got my lungs and I'm ready to go with the boys.

"At the moment, it's all about putting the work now, which is important.''

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