Press conference: Aidan Guerra on Round 9
It started with a spot in the leadership group, and now ex-Rooster Aidan Guerra has the opportunity to shine in the co-captaincy role at the nib Newcastle Knights.
The NRL veteran, who has earned roles in the Queensland State of Origin team, the Kangaroos side, and represented Italy on the international stage, led his first match as Knights co-captain against Manly in Round 8.
Guerra said the opportunity to captain the side is something he holds very close, and believes his vocal authority on the field helped him get there.
"I was behind a lot of experienced players at the Roosters," stated Guerra.
"I guess I learned from the players there... and to be able to have the opportunity to captain this club is something I will remember for life.
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"On the field, nothing has really changed. I have always been a loud voice on the field ever since I got here (to Newcastle). Without Pearcey (Mitchell Pearce) the only people whose roles change are in the halves. As on field co-captain I am pretty happy to drive the energy and drive our standards on the field."
Guerra admitted that facing off against the large forward pack of the South Sydney Rabbitohs will be a challenge for the Knights, but believed that they had a solid plan in place to lessen the impact of their squad.
"They are the land of the giants really. But I think the way that we are going to attack them should serve us well. We really need to hang in the fight.
"I think if we show up and throw up efforts like we did last weekend, we will be in with a shot. It's going to be tough against the Rabbitohs pack, but the side that we have got should be up for it."