Mann on mission to win four-way battle for No.9

Kurt Mann is in a four-way tussle for the coveted nib Newcastle Knights No.9 jersey.

The new recruit joined the Club on a three-year-deal from St George Illawarra in a bid to lock down a regular position.

Regular hooker Danny Levi is his main competition for the starting spot but he's not the only player he's battling it out with.


Jamie Buhrer has been training at hooker this pre-season, while new recruit Zac Woolford has also been applying the pressure.

"There's four players here, there's me, JB, Danny and Zaccy Woolford as well," Mann said.

"They are all quality players, so we all push each other and at the end of the day I don't think there will be any love lost between us whoever gets the spot."


Mann made 26 appearances for the Dragons last season, playing several roles.

A victim of his own versatility, the 25-year-old can play anywhere in the backline, halves, fullback or even lock.

"I have done most of my stuff at hooker but yeah I have bounced around a few other positions as well," he said.


"Browny spoke to me a little bit and said at times he probably will need me to play somewhere else at certain stages, so I have been doing a little bit in the outside backs but I am pretty comfortable there because I played most of my footy there."

Aside from the opportunity to make one position his own, Mann said the impressive recruitment drive by the Club was another factor in his decision to make the move.

"They have put a really good squad together this year," he said.

"I think they've gone out and have done their homework with a lot of players and done a lot of good recruiting as well, so that is probably a big thing for me making my decision to come here."