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Danny Buderus: Longevity, Determination, Leader

A loyal custodian of the Club and dubbed the 'nicest man in Newcastle', Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus has red and blue in his heart.

A humble, country boy from Taree, Danny Buderus would go onto captain his hometown, state and country and achieved it all in the game.

His longevity, toughness and leadership qualities saw him undertake one the greatest careers in the Club's history.

Buderus made his Club debut in the triumphant year of 1997, making a sole cameo off the bench in a 44-0 win over North Queensland.

Taking on board the memorable experience of '97, 'Bedsy' solidified a spot in the side in 1998 before cementing himself as the starting hooker.

The side reaped the benefits as the Club qualified for six consecutive finals series between 1998 and 2003.

In the midst was an incredible game in late September of 2001 with Buderus holding aloft his first premiership trophy after the Grand Final win over Parramatta.

After a brilliant start to his career, representative honours soon followed for the Taree product.

Buderus was handed his first green and gold jersey in the mid-year Test against New Zealand in 2001.

The dummy-half went on to feature 25 times for Australia, the joint-most out of any Knights player in the Club's history, alongside Andrew Johns.

His combination with Johns was making waves at club-level and transferred to the State of Origin arena.

'Bedsy' played 21 games for the NSW Blues which included three series wins between 2003 and 2005.

Buderus captained the state to victory in '04 and '05 and also achieved one of the highest honours in the game during that time.

The dummy-half captained Australia on four occasions becoming the third Knight to captain the Aussie side after Paul Harragon and Andrew Johns.

In Newcastle, Buderus was embarking on a truly unforgettable career.

The No.9 was named Dally M Hooker of the Year on three occasions including back-to-back times in '04 and '05.

Buderus also took home the top gong in the game claiming the Dally M Player of the Year award in '04 and still remains only one of two players to win the award at the Club.

In 2009, Buderus ventured over to the Super League and spent three seasons with the Leeds Rhinos.

He would return in 2012 to see out his career at his hometown Club.

Buderus called time on his career at the end of the 2013 campaign finishing as the Club's most capped player of all-time with 257 appearances.

A generational player, he was later inducted into the Knights Hall of Fame and also had a brief stint as interim Head Coach during 2015.

The inspirational leader is still leading his beloved Club, but now off the field as the General Manager of Football.

And if people were to look for an embodiment of the Newcastle Knights, they wouldn't have to look much further than Danny Buderus.