NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Jamie Buhrer of the Knights gets attention from a trainer after getting injured during the round 14 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium on June 9, 2018 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

The injury-riddled Newcastle Knights are looking to add players ahead of the June 30 NRL transfer deadline, following their latest casualty, co-captain Jamie Buhrer.

Buhrer tore his ACL during Saturday’s loss to the Roosters and has been ruled out for the rest of the season, joining a growing pile of injured bodies.

Mitchell Pearce (pectoral), Tautau Moga (ACL), Daniel Saifiti (foot) and Jacob Saifiti (shoulder) are all on the long-term injury list, putting the club in need of reinforcements.

But coach Nathan Brown says the club is not going to go after Bulldogs front-rower Aaron Woods.

“From what we understand, Woodsy is a Sydney man,” Brown told sbs.com.au.

“His mum is nearby and he’s going to have a family soon.

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“Whether it’s Cronulla or back to the Tigers. You can write anything, you can make up a story – but I don’t think he’s coming to Newcastle.

“We’re certainly looking and looking hard but we need to find players that are a bit more longer-term at the moment rather than thinking shorter term.”

Now 6-8 for the season, the Knights face an uphill battle to make finals amid their injury crisis.

“I think we can certainly acknowledge that it’s (injuries) not helping, that’s for sure,” Brown said.

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. Suia Matagi would provide a big body forward and is probably available to get an early release and join ASAP, same could be said about Rhys Martin who would bring a lot of hard work and tackles

  2. I understand how Newcastle may wish to buy a couple of experienced players to try & prop up this season. As they wish to try & make the top eight. Fair enough …
    Just hope any short term gain for them, won’t cause long term pain. As buying more players may just make their own juniors feel like they won’t get a shot at first grade in Newcastle . They’ve already lost Cogger & Meaney to the Dogs for next year. With Ramien already bought for Newcastle next season, more buys now may make the trickle of talent leaving into a flood.

    • Andrew Johns you can bet will be working overtime this week to get into some Roosters forwards heads to switch clubs and join Newcastle. He works for the Roosters and his heart is with the knights. He is a major problem Uncle Nick! An undercover agent. Is a halves coach really required with the experience of Cronk being there? Stay tuned to some Roosters departing for Newcacstle before June 30. Hopefully by exposing Johns he just might pull his head in for a few weeks at least. 😎

  3. loan spell like in soccer. clubs could lend a up and coming player that can’t crack first grade at their own club due to depth at their position but they don’t want to release long term.

    benefit to knights – get a player to cover for injured guys for rest of year
    benefit to loaned player – gets playing time and experience
    benefit to incumbent club – player gets development

    win/win/win/par

    • If a war breaks out and North Korea’s “Rocket Man” blows up Brisbane. Will Rocket Man lend us 500 thousand soldiers to fight the North Korean’s?.

      Wake up and smell the rose’s buddy. League is a battle zone not a pansy game of soccer. ya CLOWN🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

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