Mann: What I’ll bring and why I joined

Kurt Mann has returned to the nib Newcastle Knights and he's excited by the roster.

Having added the likes of David Klemmer, Jesse Ramien, James Gavet and Edrick Lee to the squad for 2019, Mann believes the Knights are a side on the rise.

In fact, it was the competitive roster that convinced Mann to leave St George Illawarra and take-up a three-year-deal with the Knights.

"The big thing is the squad," Mann said.

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"The team the Club is building really sold me.

"It's an exciting young and talented mix of players."

The allure of playing a regular position, more minutes and returning to a team he knows well helped seal the move for the livewire.

Able to play almost any position, Mann filled multiple roles for the Dragons last season including wing, five-eighth and lock.

While he brings versatility to the Club, Mann is confident he'll provide the team with much more.


"I'll bring a good work ethic and positive attitude," he said.

"They're the things successful clubs are built on and I'm confident the Knights have that. We're headed in the right direction."

Mann started his NRL journey with the Knights' lower grades before being picked up by the Melbourne Storm where he made his first-grade debut in 2014.

He now has 88 games to his name across two teams.

Mann made 26 appearances for the Dragons in 2018 but only started in eight games.


Approaching 100 top grade games and with 30 tries to his name over five seasons, the 25-year-old is looking forward to getting reacquainted with the town and his teammates.

"I'm really excited to return to the Club," Mann said.

"It all began for me in Newy. I left Queensland as a young kid and was fortunate enough to play SG Ball and 20s for the Knights.

"It's a homecoming of sorts. I can't wait to meet everyone and get to work."