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Buhrer calls for improved discipline

Experienced forward Jamie Buhrer maintains to win games as a newly formed squad, the players need to stick to their game plan from start to finish.

The 28-year-old said as a team they were expecting to perform a lot better than they did against the Parramatta Eels on Saturday, but straying from the game plan and conceding penalties proved costly.

“These are things we can certainly fix, and you want to get them out of the way in a trial,” Buhrer admitted.

“It gives us a fair bit to work on in the next week and a half before Round 1.

“We’ve certainly renewed the focus and it’s an ideal time, because we’re about to go on camp which will be a great opportunity to work on those things.

“It’s important we stick to the game plan, work on our fourth tackle penalties, our discipline areas of our game and the attention to detail.

“There are some things individually that we can work on and as a team, but it’s good to have that time to do so prior to season start.”

The forward believes new combinations forming amongst the squad are a work in progress, but there are promising signs.

“If you look at the weekend’s trial, there are indications of how the team is gelling,” added Buhrer.

“Although there were a lot of errors and the combinations were a bit disjointed, they’re certainly coming together on the field and from an attacking standpoint we’re not too worried about where our team is at."

The squad heads to Port Stephens on Tuesday evening for a training camp, and Buhrer reckons now is a better time than any for some time away.

“It’s great we’re going to go into camp, we’ve got a 26-man squad going into camp and it will be a good opportunity to spend a lot of time with each other,” Buhrer stated.

“We’re certainly coming together as a new squad, a lot of new faces, and the opportunity to spend four days together is going to be great for us.

“The season is just around the corner so it will be good to get away in a different environment and coming into game week next week, hopefully we’re refreshed and ready to go.”

And, after a long pre-season, Buhrer admits the players are looking forward to getting back to that week to week football.

“Everyone is excited, it’s been a good pre-season so far and we’re about to cap it off with a camp, so I’m pumped for that,” he smiled.

“We're all stinging for it and it’s time to get the show on the road.”