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New nib Newcastle Knights recruit Jamie Buhrer feels his transition to the red and blue has played out smoothly.

Part of the Club’s leadership group, the Knights forward is set to make his Club debut against the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

“I had a taste of playing with the boys in the trials and after a very tough pre-season you want to go out there and start playing some footy,” he said.

“We’re very keen to get out there and start putting our best foot forward.”

The 27-year-old, who will bring some much-needed experience to Newcastle, feels a tough pre-season will be the key to a successful start to the 2017 NRL season.

“In the pre-season we’ve been able to build some combinations that came to fruition in the trials, “he said.

“We hope to continue that in the early part of the season.

“I have a lot of confidence in the team and in the work that we’ve done.”

Alongside Buhrer in the leadership group, which was officially announced at the season launch on Friday, are captain Trent Hodkinson, Rory Kostjasyn, Dane Gagai, Sione Mata’utia and Peter Mata’utia.

“It’s been documented we’ve got quite a young squad and having that group in place is important to work actively within the team,” said Buhrer.

“It’s important we uphold that through the year on and off the field.

“We want to improve; we want to improve a lot.”