Departures! Goodbye to Knights leaving in 2019

On Wednesday, the nib Newcastle Knights said goodbye to five players from the 2019 fulltime NRL squad.

One of those players is Jamie Buhrer.

Buhrer was the first of several representative players to make the move to the Knights.

The 29-year-old joined the Knights in 2017 and said he looks back on his three seasons and 45 games fondly.

“It was a move that I’m so glad that I made. I’ve certainly enjoyed every moment,” Buhrer said.

“I’ve got two children who are Novocastrians, I had the twins here, and my wife and I have really settled and love the place.

“I don’t look at it as being proud to be the first to take the leap, it was only a matter of time. I’m still of the belief the team is building.

"It hasn’t built as quickly as we’d hoped but we’ve certainly showed a lot of progress and brought a fair quality roster here that’ll continue to improve with a lot of the young fellas we’ve got here.

"I’m just happy to be a part of this journey, I was happy for the club to have me for this part of the journey.”

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Coach Nathan Brown was also acknowledged at the Danny Buderus Medal awards night for his contribution over the previous four seasons.

Brown coached the Knights on 94 occasions, seeing him sit third on the all-time list of Knights coaches by appearance, behind only Premiership Winners Michael Hagan (155 matches as coach) and Malcolm Reilly (98 matches).

DEPARTING PLAYERS:

Slade Griffin

Number of premiership games: 41

Number of rep games: 1 New Zealand Test (2018)

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

Number of premiership games: 277

Number of rep games: 21 games for New Zealand Test team (2007-2016), 2 NRL All Stars appearances (2011 and 2013), 1 game for New Zealand Maori (2008)

Jamie Buhrer

Number of premiership games: 173

Number of rep games: 1 NSW Origin (2012), 2 NSW City (2012, 2014)

Nathan Ross (retired earlier in the year)

Number of premiership games: 60

Number of rep games: 1 NSW city (2017)

Zac Woolford

Number of premiership games: 0