It's no secret the nib Newcastle Knights are in the market for more troops.
The middle is an area Nathan Brown especially wants to bolster.
Hopeful of bringing a marquee forward into the Club next season, someone of Canterbury-Bankstown forward David Klemmer's ilk would fit the bill.
But speaking to Channel Nine's Sunday Footy Show, Brown shut down speculation that the Knights could soon land Klemmer's signature.
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"It's a million miles away, that one," Brown declared.
"The truth to it was, I actually asked Opes (Chris Anderson) and Lyn (Anderson) about two weeks ago and Opes laughed at me.
Andrew Johns followed up by asking about a potential release to which Brown replied; "I wouldn't have thought they won't let Klemmer go."
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Having already added Queensland State of Origin prop Tim Glasby to the roster for 2019, the Knights are still actively surveying the market.
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While the Club has made a play for a handful of big men to no avail, Brown is confident in holding his nerve until the right player presents himself.
"We'd like to buy a couple of marquee forwards if we could, to go with the younger guys," he said.
"We brought Chris Heighington and Jacob Lillyman in for a year.
"There weren't Origin type players available, so we brought players who are very experienced who have had an impact on our younger players. We bought them in hope of getting some high-profiled forwards when they come off contract.
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"At the moment, we're fortunate to get Tim Glasby.
"We threw a few punches at a few others but didn't quite get them. We'll just have to wait until the right ones come along."
One area which could offer a solution to the lack of quality big men off-contract is England.
It's a competition Brown knows well having had success as coach of St Helens before returning to Australia.
Identifying the talent is something Brown has no problem with but there's plenty of hurdles to overcome when recruiting from abroad.
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"There's a lot of good forwards in England but it's so hard to get the ones you want out of there who are on contract," he said.
"Canberra just signed John Bateman who is a great competitor. He's a super young player. He's a backrower-centre but we've got Sione (Mata'utia) so it wasn't worth us looking at that market.
"There's some good forwards but if they're on contract, one to try and get them off contract you have to pay a fair amount of money and, two, there's a lot of history in England and there's kids who don't want to go anywhere else. They love it there and that's it."
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