"I'm pretty happy to be flying under the radar"

He’s thinks himself a bit of a dark horse.

29-year-old Samoan international James Gavet admits he may not have the high profile like some of his new Knights teammates, but he’s ok with that.

“I’m pretty happy to be flying under the radar,” Gavet said.

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“Players like (David) Klemmer and Tim (Glasby) can take the full brunt.”

Gavet enjoyed a breakout season at the New Zealand Warriors in 2018 with 19 NRL appearances.

The energetic forward now plans to build on a great year by giving Newcastle fans plenty to cheer about.

“Just being an aggressive forward and laying the platform,” he said.

“I just want to throw myself at the opposition and set the foundations right.”

There’s no doubt Knights coach Nathan Brown has plenty to think about, with the 2019 roster boasting a plethora of exciting talent.

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Gavet agrees the Knights look the goods…. Now they have to turn that in to results.

“I’ve been in this situation before where you’ve been really good on paper and it hasn’t turned out so well,” he commented.

“I’m just focused on how we can improve from last year.”

Fitter, faster and stronger is the goal.

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And brushing up on the finer details as the season start edges closer.

“It’s just getting our combinations together and fine tuning