Brown's praise for unsung but 'important' new recruit

While most supporters are excited by the arrival of David Klemmer to the nib Newcastle Knights, coach Nathan Brown has praised unsung signing James Gavet.

The former Warriors enforcer joined the Club a few months back and has wasted little time making his presence felt at training.

So impressive, Brown believes the prop's arrival could prove a crucial purchase.

"We've brought some players into the club and in positions we thought we were a little bit short," Brown told Fox Sports News.


"In the outside backs, we thought we were a little small and lacked some genuine size pace out there.

"Not only do we have Jesse, we have Edrick who had another great year for the Sharks last year.

"In the middle of the park, not only did we get Dave Klemmer and Timmy Glasby, but Jimmy Gavet is a player who we feel is as important as a signing as the other two guys whilst he's name and reputation and what he's achieved in the game to date might not be as high as Klem and Timmy.

"We feel his signing is as the same importance.

"That middle part of the field was an area where we certainly lacked some size over past couple of years.


"We thought if we could improve that and get on the front foot a little more that would certainly help Kalyn and Mitchell get to play a little more attacking football.

"We like to think as a club, we sort of got a football club that is moving in the right direction."

At 29, Gavet joined the Knights on a two-year-deal after gaining a release from his deal with the Warriors.

Following the arrival of new recruits such as Gavet and Klemmer, the pressures on the Club are greater this season.


Brown understands that and believes the squad is capable of producing quality results this season.

"Our expectations from inside this year should be far higher than at any stage since I've been at the Club," Brown said.

"Our first few years here at the Knights, you know we weren't a realistic finals chance.

"From our point of view, as a staff, we've got to get some things right. We're certainly getting some good buy-in from our playing group.

"We're quite hopeful of making some serious strides up the ladder as we did last year."