Jamie Buhrer’s role at the nib Newcastle Knights this season hasn’t just been about playing footy.
Part of the reason he was brought to the Club was to be a mentor to the younger players.
With close to 150 NRL games under his belt, the 27-year-old forward was more than happy to help steer the ship, taking on the role of co-captain midway through the season.
“It is a role that I have enjoyed,” said Buhrer.
“It has been very different to the rest of my career, I came from quite a successful club at its peak and helped build it up to where it was and then came here to a club that is on the way up.
“There were tough times during the season but to be part of those growth areas that we had and to be part of the three-game winning streak, showed the direction in which we are heading.
“It is a really great feeling and I am excited for what’s to come.”
Buhrer’s dedication didn’t go unnoticed, taking out the Coach's Award at last week’s presentation night.
“To win any award on a presentation night means you have done something right," commented Buhrer.
“I was certainly brought to the Club to help the growth of some of the younger fellas and to hear (Nathan) Browny give me recognition, I’m really appreciative of it.”
Despite missing a chunk of games due to injury, Buhrer says he’s happy with his work on the field.
“The injury wasn’t ideal, it was just a training mishap of all things which makes it even harder to cop,” he said.
“I would have loved a bit more of a season, having missed those games.
“I had to play a number of positions due to other injuries, but all in all I was quite happy with the season.”
The Knights now enjoy a well-earned break before the hard work starts for pre-season training.
“I am not the only one, we’ve spoken about it as a group already, we are itching for November 1 and what’s to come," Buhrer said.
“We really do feel like we’re building something, we’re not just saying that and we’re going to get in here on November 1 and work our tails off... we’re excited for what’s to come.”