Surprise goal-kicking option, veteran prop still learning

There's been no shortage of interest in our boys this week.

The nib Newcastle Knights attract plenty of media attention and we've pulled together the best of it in case you missed any of the news.

Here's what our boys got up to this week:

February 2

NEW GOAL KICKING OPTION

Danny Levi has emerged as a surprise back-up goal kicking option.

While Kalyn Ponga will start the year as the first-string kicker, The Newcastle Herald have revealed Levi has been honing his skills with the kicking tee this pre-season.

Along with Mason Lino, Zac Woolford, Mitch Barnett and Ponga, Levi regularly works on his kicking having kicked at a junior level.

Read more here!

Feb 1

BROWN HELPS GAVET GROW

James Gavet may turn 30 this year but he’s still a student of the game.

The Samoa international has been in the NRL system for seven seasons and joined the Knights from the Warriors last year.

Arriving in Newcastle, the forward said learning from Nathan Brown was a major drawcard for him to leave New Zealand.

"I spoke to Browny only over the phone before committing, and I met him eventually when I flew in," Gavet told NRL.com.

"He's been really good for me not just with my footy and training but he's been really welcoming to me and my wife.

"I'm really enjoying being under Browny. He's helping me grow as a player. I'm not the youngest player anymore but it's funny, as soon as you think you're getting a handle on the dos and don'ts, there's always more to learn and something you can take from someone like Browny.

"There were other clubs that were interested. A few Super League clubs, a couple of NRL clubs but we heard about the direction that the Knights were moving in and we were ready for a change up and to venture out.

"I'm feeling as if my footy career would grow further here than it would at the Warriors even if it meant that I had to cop moving away from family again.

"Leaving my two kids back in Auckland was a big decision to make but we've been in contact and my parents and all my loved ones are happy for me."