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Guerra looks forward to Knights years

2018 nib Newcastle Knights recruit Aidan Guerra has been in the game for a long time, but this week he's experiencing a little déjà vu as he starts at a new club for just the second time in his career.  

The last time he switched colours was in 2010 when he moved from the Melbourne Storm to the Sydney Roosters chasing an opportunity in first grade, and this time he heads to the Knights to be one of the Club's most experienced players.

He already knows a few faces on this occasion, linking up with former teammates Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Connor Watson, and is excited to embrace his new surroundings.

“I came in last week and tried to meet a few fresh faces and take away a bit of the nerves that you feel on that first day,” Guerra told media after his first field session on Monday.

“It has been a while since it’s been my first day at school but it has been good to meet the guys."

The 29-year-old Queensland representative and premiership winning player, who signed a three-year deal to come to Newcastle, admits his decision to be part of the red and blue was made easy.

“I came up here and met with Nathan (Brown) and Darren (Mooney) and I drove away from that meeting thinking this is a place I could play football in 2018,” Guerra explained.

“It is a Club that is going in the right direction and you can see that from the improvement made from season '16 to season 2017.”

The recruitment for 2018 was also a selling point.

“They have done some great recruiting and have got really promising players coming through the ranks,” he said.

“I'm interested to see how it goes over the next couple of months leading into some football.”

The experienced lock says he wants to help get the Club return to its former glory.

“The memories that I have of the Knights and that other people have got of the Newcastle Knights is a successful Club,” maintained Guerra.

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“There is plenty of potential and one thing that Browny and the coaching staff have done in the last couple of years is instil work ethic and the desire to want to win contests.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’ve played 10 games or 100 games, if you’re playing good footy, the people around you will benefit from that and I am hoping to be able to do that for the Knights.”

With 154 NRL games at the Sydney Roosters, Guerra will be a beacon of experience for the squad’s young players, who have already impressed the second rower.

“The players that stood out for me last year from afar were Mitch Barnett, who I thought was outstanding, and Sione Mata’utia really stood up,” Guerra stated.

“As a young guy, he was the leader for the team on the field and you see how vocal he is.

“Then you look at players like Brock Lamb towards the end of the season, he was playing some really good football and played a big part in those victories that the Knights had.

“There is an excitement watching young players… they jump out on the field, they love their footy, they kick around before the session, they kick around after the session and you do try and feed off that excitement because what they offer you in energy, you can offer them in experience."