The nib Newcastle Knights are pleased to announce the appointment of Club legend Danny Buderus as General Manager of Football.
A much-loved son of Newcastle and life member of the Knights, Buderus’ return to the Club is a huge coup for the football administration.
The addition of Buderus, will further compliment Head Coach Adam O’Brien, Recruitment Manager Alex McKinnon, assistant coaches David Furner and Willie Peters as the men to take the Club forward.
“It’s great news for Knights fans, that a Club legend has agreed to take the role of General Manager of Football,” Knights CEO Mr Philip Gardner said.
“From a team perspective, we have assembled a wonderful group from coaches to administration.
“The man bleeds red and blue and there is no person better placed to drive the football side of the business forward.
“Two years ago, when Wests took on the Knights, we said this was a rebuilding phase and now we feel we have absolute confidence the right team is in place for the Club to experience sustained success for years to come.”
A former captain and NRL Hall of Famer, Buderus has done everything there is to do in the game.
Having represented his state and country, along with pulling on the famed red and blue jersey on 257 occasions, the 42-year-old also coached the Club in an interim capacity on six occasions in 2015.
Blessed with brilliant vision and speed out of dummy half, Buderus is one of only three Newcastle players to have captained Australia, along with Paul Harragon and Andrew Johns.
A former Dally M Medal winner and 2001 premiership winner, Buderus said; “The opportunity to be back involved at the Club that I love so much was too good to turn down.
“This is a whole new direction for me post football but it’s an exciting one.
“The Club has done a lot of work to get it in the position it is in now, and I look forward to continuing the hard work as we all strive to bring success back to the Hunter.
“Our town has every right to be excited in this new chapter under Head Coach Adam O’Brien and his staff, and I look forward to supporting them in our pursuit of attaining success for the region.
“I would like to thank Steve Crawley and the Fox League family for four great years.
“It was a tough decision to leave having thoroughly enjoyed my role.
“Whilst fulfilling my new role at the Knights, I will continue my role with Blues coach Brad Fittler and the NSW State of Origin team in our quest for a third series win in 2020.”
The Club is delighted to have secured a person of his pedigree and stature within the game.
Buderus will officially commence work on March 16 and succeeds experienced and respected administrator Brian Canavan.
The Knights would like to thank Mr Canavan for his contribution to the Club and for agreeing to remain at the Knights until the end of March as he assists Buderus in his transition into the role.
KANGAROO TOURS: 2001, 2003
CAPTAINED NEW SOUTH WALES IN 15 STATE OF ORIGIN MATCHES: 2004-08
DALLY M PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 2004
DALLY M HOOKER OF THE YEAR: 2002, 2004, 2005
BRAD FITTLER MEDAL WINNER: 2008