Knights in the news: Big influencers, Lee's form secret

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

After their opening thriller against the Cronulla Sharks, the nib Newcastle Knights attracted plenty of media attention and we’ve pulled together some of the best in case you missed any of the news.

BIG INFLUENCERS

This year the Knights are a team dedicated to defence.

It’s created a big job for the men in the middle.

But like we saw on Friday night, the big influences are firing on all cylinders.

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New recruits David Klemmer and Tim Glasby killed the stats to contribute to a thrilling win against the Cronulla Sharks.

Klem punched out 218 all run metres and a respectable 33 tackles at 100 per cent efficiency.

While Glasby on the other hand was only on field for 43 minutes and managed a try and 24 tackles.

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Both a significant impact… both seen as valuable to the Knights success this year.

And their presence hasn't gone unnoticed, highly appreciated by their team mates.

Knights second-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon told Triple M’s Saturday NRL show they’re handy to have on your side.

“They were enormous,” Fitzgibbon said to Triple M.

“We probably haven’t had that impact over the last few years.”

The 24-year-old admitted as an edge player, players like Klemmer and Glasby give him more to play off.

“Off the middle there’s certainly a foundation so the halves can get on the advantage line and that’s when the backrowers are coming home,” Fitzgibbon added.

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“Getting that go forward really helps.”

THE MAKING OF EDRICK

Is Edrick Lee a confidence player?

His coach doesn’t think so.

In fact, nib Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown believes Lee’s form is a result of maturity.

A father relishing his move to the hunter, Lee was a standout on the weekend.

After stints with Canberra and Cronulla, Brown said the winger has arrived at the Knights at the right time.

“He’s 26 now and he’s mature,” Brown told NRL360.

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“He’s a great age. We’ve probably got him at a really good time.

“A lot of people have used the word confidence players but sometimes it’s about maturity.”

The flyer was a standout in last Friday’s win over Cronulla, producing three try saving tackles and scoring an intercept try.

Brown believes he’s only skimming the surface when it comes to the freakish ability the winger possesses.

“He’s quite gifted,” Brown said.

“He’s got great awareness.

“When you play games, he can throw 25 metre cut-out passes. His skill set is a lot more than probably what any of us have seen.”