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.
“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.
“I believe if Mitchell didn’t get hurt, that we would have won today’s game. We would have won two or three games that in key moments we haven’t won.
“That’s what experience does. That’s why everyone wants these types of players.
“We’re getting a bit lighter now, there’s a fair few longer-term ones, which are hurting us.”