Knights in the news: Buderus backs Levi to claim No.9

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February 14

BEDSY BACKS LEVI

Danny Buderus has backed Danny Levi to win the race for the No.9 jersey.

Jostling for the spot with Kurt Mann, Jamie Buhrer and Zac Woolford, Levi has been working tirelessly this pre-season to push his case to start in the season opener against Cronulla on March 15.

Levi spent the bulk of 2018 playing from the bench until a knee injury sidelined Slade Griffin.

With Griffin recovering, Buderus believes the 23-year-old is ready to be the first-choice dummy-half.

“This is his time now,” Buderus, who played 226 of his 257 games for Newcastle at hooker, told AAP.

“He knows he can play better as well. That also helps when you’ve got a different team around you which he has now.

“All these guys have had tough campaigns and the team has changed. (Coach) Nathan Brown has said this is the best team he’s had since he’s been here.

“Everything should rise; your performance should rise. He’s (Levi’s) got to lead the way and not overplay his hand and just play his natural game.”