In a tough year for the nib Newcastle Knights, James Gavet proved to be a valuable asset for the red and blue.
Gavet arrived at the Knights during the pre-season after a solid three-year stint across the Tasman at the Warriors, and initially took some time to settle into the new environment around him.
However, once he found his groove as an impact bench forward, Gavet was a huge performer for his side.
It was no coincidence that a majority of the Knights’ wins during the middle of the season came off the back of some massive performances from Gavet.
Gavet ran for nearly 1300 metres this year, at an average of 72 per game. He also managed 21 tackle breaks, 11 offloads and even nabbed a try. His 418 post-contact metres were also an immense help for the side.
Where Gavet really shone was in defence, where he was consistently rock solid with a 93% efficiency rate.
With competition for places in the NRL forward pack remaining fierce right through the season, Gavet finished the year in Canterbury Cup, where he made two appearances.