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Adam Muir: Understated, Sturdy, Unbreakable

The forgotten hero.

That's perhaps the best way to describe Adam Muir's legacy as a Newcastle Knight.

With names like Johns, Buderus, Harragon, Butterfield and O'Davis dominating his era, Muir is often overlooked when the golden era is discussed.

It's as deeply unfair on Muir as it is unlucky.

An Australian and New South Wales representative, Muir was a key player in the stacked Knights team of the mid-90s.

With the Club building from its foundations in 1988 to a premiership winner in '97, Muir was as important to the side as any other player.

Known affectionately as 'Hurtsy" by team mates and fans, Muir was born and bred in the Lake Macquarie region, just a stone's throw south of the Newcastle CBD.

He played his junior football with Lakes United in Belmont before debuting for the Knights in Round 8 of 1992.

He came off the bench that day, with the Knights going down 11-10 to a Balmain side that included names like Sironen and Elias in the forward pack. Muir didn't look out of place at any stage.

It may have been his only game that season, but Muir had arrived. 

By 1995 he had 50 first grade games to his name and was a mainstay of the Knights forward pack, lining up as a danger man on the edge as a second rower.

He was also an Origin player and a part of the 1995 World Cup-winning Kanagroos squad.

He had a knack of finding the stripe, crossing for 50 tries during his eleven season career.

His distinct style of running hard, tackling harder and working until the final whistle saw him solidify his representative status and become one of the league's best back rowers.

It was only fitting that his final game in red and blue was the 1997 Grand Final.

His performance that day was typical Muir. Reliable, consistent and tough. A crucial link between the Johns brothers and the star-studded outside backs.

A player who always got the job done, whatever it took.

With his 99-game Knights career, a premiership behind him, Muir switched lanes and took up a new deal with North Sydney for the 1998 season.

Stints at the Bears, Northern Eagles and South Sydney bookended Muir's career, which ultimately yielded 184 first grade games, 50 tries, 13 Origins and three caps for his Country.

A fine career for a fine player.

Muir remains based in Lake Macquarie, where he grew up, with sons Oskar and Charley regulars for his junior Club, Lakes United.