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Buhrer: "It really goes against what we're trying to build here."

Jamie Buhrer takes his role as a leader at the Newcastle Knights seriously.

He’s determined to lead by example, week in week out.

It doesn’t matter if he plays Canterbury Cup or first grade, Buhrer remains committed.

“Everyone who knows me, knows that’s who I am,” Buhrer said.

“It’s how we want people to be, it’s how we want people to deal with those situations.

“As a leader if I’m going to go back and tell people what to do and do the opposite, it really goes against what we’re trying to build here.

“It’s important for me to go back and play my role in reserve grade.”

With the arrival of a number of new players to the club, the veteran has spent a majority of the season so far playing Canterbury Cup.

It can be blow to the confidence for some players.

But for Buhrer, he’s taken it all in his stride.

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“We’ve got a lot of good young players coming through so I feel like I owe them,” Buhrer explained.

“I have the responsibility to show them how the best way to deal with any adversity and play well.”

Against the bunnies last week, Buhrer clocked up 24 minutes on field.

The 29-year-old awarded a spot in the 17 after some strong performances.

“I feel I’ve been playing well there the last couple of weeks so it’s the only way you get back in the team,” Buhrer added.

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“There’s no point sulking.

“It’s just how I’ll always treat it if I end up back there at some point, I’ll treat it the same way.

“Hopefully I can stay up here for a little while.

“I’m just going to see how it unfolds at this stage, I just want to enjoy every minute that I’m playing, whether that’s in first grade or Canterbury cup.”