‘Hopeful of bringing in a couple of more quality players’

There's been no shortage of interest in our boys this week.

The nib Newcastle Knights attract plenty of media attention and we've pulled together the best of it in case you missed any of the news.

Here's what our boys got up to this week:

BROWN'S BOYS PRIMED


Think the recruitment drive has finished? Think again.

The nib Newcastle Knights have three spots on their roster remaining for 2019 and Coach Nathan Brown wants to fill them with strike power.

The Knights have a healthy squad filled with experience and the younger players are improving at a rapid rate.

This has the Club primed for a big season.

After a single win in 2016, the Knights managed five victories in 2017 before collecting nine this year.


"We've gone through a tough period in the Club's history," Brown told Nine News Sydney.

"Now with the younger players, they've been up for a number of years now and we're still hopeful of bringing in a couple of more quality players."

One player the Club has been linked to in recent weeks is David Klemmer.

With the Saifiti twins, Daniel and Jacob, only getting better and Origin forward Tim Glasby on board, a large powerhouse is what the Knights have been holding out for.

Brown believes the Test and Origin forward would be a massive addition to the squad if a deal can be struck.

"He's a big man," Brown said.


"He gets over the ad (advantage) line well. He's very efficient and he's a great guy so he ticks a lot of boxes."

PONGA'S NEW ROLE

Kalyn Ponga isn't concerned about the added defensive load which will come with a move into the halves next season.

Connor Watson and Ponga are likely to have a positional switch in 2019 which would see Ponga partner Mitchell Pearce in the halves.

"It'll be different, but I look forward to it," Ponga said.

"I played half against the Panthers and when I played next to (Lachlan Fitzgibbon), I felt like we had that little bit of combination and it felt good.

"We were all on the same page. That's the sort of stuff you build in pre-season, but I'd be pretty confident."