Put any number on his back and Kurt is your ‘Mann’.
Utility, Kurt Mann, has constantly been asked to play different roles to a high-standard for the nib Newcastle Knights, which has led to him being dubbed ‘Mr Fix-It’.
The 28-year-old has been rewarded with a two-year contract by the Club.
Mann has come full-circle having made his way through the pathways system at the Knights to now sealing his future with the red and blue.
“The start of my rugby league journey was here and I love playing for the Knights,” Mann said.
“I’m excited to be here now and extend my future with the Club.
“We’ve got a great team and a real family-orientated environment.
“My partner loves it here and my kids will probably grow up supporting the Newcastle Knights as well.”
Mann has played in every position in the backline since arriving to Newcastle in 2019.
However, the man from Winton's NRL journey started back in 2014 with the Melbourne Storm.
After a successful opening stint with the Victorian side, scoring 10 tries in 28 games, Mann made his way to the St. George Illawarra Dragons in 2016.
The Queenslander made his name at the Dragons establishing himself as a regular first-grader, playing 60 games for the Red V over three seasons.
Mann signed with the red and blue for the start of the 2019 season where he has been a constant figure in the line-up ever since.
The versatile back enjoyed career best form last season coming second only to Kalyn Ponga in the Danny Buderus Medal count.
Kurt has continued to show his worth in every position playing five-eighth, fullback and centre throughout 2021.
“It’s something I definitely pride myself on,” Mann said.
“I probably wouldn’t be here today if I couldn’t do it."
Mann first met current Head Coach, Adam O’Brien, back in his Melbourne Storm days and praised him for his development as a player since joining Newcastle.
“He’s been massive for me as everyone saw last year, it was probably my best year,” Mann continued.
“He has had a big impact on the entire club.
“I think the longer he is around, the better we’ll be.”
The 28-year-old was also recently selected in the Queensland Maroons squad for Game III of State of Origin this year.
Mann was the 18th man for the Maroons victory in which he savoured the experience of the big-game arena.
“I enjoyed every minute of it,” Mann said.
“As a young kid growing up in Queensland, footy is a religion up there and something every kid wants to do is play for their state.
“I got to learn a lot about preparation for big games and to be part of it on game day was pretty special.”
Kurt has extended his stay in Newcastle until at least the end of the 2023 season.