Danny Buderus
Rhinos, Knights link

Departing hooker Danny Buderus wants young players from Australian NRL outfit Newcastle Knights to spend time at Leeds Rhinos.

The former New South Wales and Australia captain will head back to his previous club Newcastle after Saturday’s Engage Super League Grand Final.

Knights have agreed to pay compensation for the final year on Buderus’ Leeds contract, after the Aussie club failed to come up with a replacement player.

The 33-year-old admits Knights are the only club he would have left Leeds early for and he is anxious to help both clubs in the future.

Rhinos have attempted to develop links with NRL clubs North Queensland Cowboys and South Sydney Rabbitohs in the past, but Buderus’ involvement at Newcastle could make the difference.

Next season will be Buderus’ last as a player, before he joins Knights’ backroom staff and he revealed: “I want to get something set up between Newcastle and Leeds.

“I have first-hand knowledge of what sort of place Leeds is and it’d be good to send some kids over, get some sort of chain going and a system in place.

“That is my first big thing, to get kids coming through – like an academy thing. The next step would be to have them come over here and get into an organisation like this.

“Then you get to appreciate life on a bigger scale, you’re not just baby-sat, you are out in the big wide world.

“That will sort some kids out and I think it’d be a great learning experience for them.

“I’d only go back to one club, that’s obviously the Knights – but I am a pretty passionate fan of the Rhinos now. It has been a great decision for me to come over here and something I’ll never forget.”

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