Training influencing Brown's call on 17-man squad

Try and pick your 17-man squad. Go on, it's harder than you think.

With so much depth and talent in the nib Newcastle Knights roster for 2019, the options are endless for Nathan Brown.

With so much quality and versatility in the roster, Brown is plenty consider ahead of the pre-season trials.

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NRL.com and Fox Sports have both named their likely 17 and Brown has a rough idea of his team make-up, although he's keeping it closely guarded.


With players like Tautau Moga expected to feature in the opening round, pending fitness, there's plenty for the coach and his staff to consider before the season kicks-off at McDonald Jones Stadium on March 15.

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"You can only go off the way they have trained in the first seven to eight weeks and you sort of get a rough idea," Brown said of his 17.

"Obviously we still have Tautau (Moga) still in rehab, so you can't discount him but can't count him because he is still in rehab for a bit of a time yet.

"We have a rough idea you know of what our squad will be but we are certainly going to have some tough decisions on forwards to make.


"The developing blokes we have got from here that have been here for a period now there is some good pressure on them in that part of the field."

Having added the likes of Jesse Ramien, Edrick Lee, Tim Glasby and David Klemmer to the roster, Brown is confident the class of his new recruits will help lift the player around them.

Couple that with the fact Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Mitch Barnett are a year older and more experiences and the future looks bright.


"We know we have to make a few number of improvements as to where we sit on the ladder and some of our improvements are going to come from the recruitment of new players," Brown said.

"We would like to think that our players that are here from the start of the journey four years ago like Barnett, Fitzy and them type of blokes, we would like to think that the better players that they are getting to train with, it lifts the water level and they are going to become better players as well.

"Hopefully we get a prominent improvement from our recruitment and our own players we have kept from the club."