He has played with two of the NRL's most successful Clubs but new recruit Hymel Hunt believes the nib Newcastle Knights intensity at pre-season training is something he's never experienced before.
An ex-Melbourne and South Sydney outside back, Hunt is in his second week of training after signing a one-year deal with the Knights in November.
Hunt believes there's a special feeling around training.
SLADE'S ROLE IN KNIGHTS RECRUITMENT
"It's the intensity, I started two weeks after the boys because we (South Sydney) made the finals," Hunt said.
"I tell you what, usually I'm in the middle of the group, I was right at the back.
"The boys are pushing hard. The competition is at an all-time high and I think that's the first thing that breeds success. Melbourne Storm, they were always training hard.
"How you train is how you play."
With a big recruitment drive this off-season, the depth of the Knights squad is the best it's been for years.
With 2019 just around the corner, competition for playing spots in Nathan Brown's team for Round 1 is starting to heat up.
"Everyone is training really hard, the thing about here I love is that there is no high or low, everyone is just equal and everyone is just putting their best foot forward," Hunt added.
"If you're not working hard enough, I'm sure someone's going to kick your arse and tell you to work harder,
"It's a great environment we have right now."