SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31: Jamie Buhrer of the Sea Eagles watches on during the round 21 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Newcastle Knights at Brookvale Oval on July 31, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Knights is pleased to announce the signing of Jamie Buhrer.

Buhrer joins the Club from the Manly Sea Eagles, on a two-year contract.

Buhrer made his NRL debut in 2010 and has played 120 games for Manly, including a premiership in 2011.

The 26-year-old can play in the second-row, at lock and hooker.

“Jamie is a natural footballer and a player that covers a number of positions,” coach Nathan Brown said.

“Importantly Jamie is a mature player and will help with the growth of our younger players.

“Jamie is a good leader, trainer and talker, and will be an important addition to our squad.

“He knows what is required to win and what it takes to win a grand final; he really comes to Newcastle with great experience.”

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Buhrer will commence pre-season with the Knights on November 1.

81 COMMENTS

  1. Knights get Buhrer and Manly get Uate.
    No offence to manly supporters but the Knights got the better part of that deal.

    • Very much so, I’m devo manly let buhrer leave. Without doubt though uate will be better at manly hen he has been lately, not saying back to his actual best but will be better then e ha been for sure, just how good, will have to wait and see..

    • Woke up this morning hoping this was all a bad dream…but unfortunately its reality..Barrrrrrrrett!

  2. Thats a first premiership for the Sharks and the first spoon coming up for the Sea Eagles…what a f****n disgrace..thats now Taufua and Uate under the crossfield bombs..the other 15 clubs will be licking their lips

    • thepainter

      “thats now Taufua and Uate under the crossfield bombs..the other 15 clubs will be licking their lips”

      I think you are on the money with that one. I guess there will be a lot of practice for these two under the high ball at Brooky during the off season.

  3. Don’t worry Manly fans, at least we’ll still have Jonathan and Matt Wright, Lewis Brown and Nate Myles at least Tooves won’t have to suffer as coach in 2017….the end is coming Barrett/Cartwright

    • Taufau struggled this year with injury, confident he will be back next year. Matt wright is bad but Jonathan isn’t too bad as back up, but looks like we stuck with brown now since Barrett got rid of buhrer and Symonds. And yeah forrid will hopefully get injured early on in the year, and Shaun one can get a run

  4. WOW, what are manly doing, sorry manly fans bur Barret is destroying your once great club that had a tough mentality, getting rid of the goods and buying the s&$t was never part of what your club did.

    • happy to hand over Luke Kelly, Vai Toutai and John Folau to them as well…..wont even ask them to contribute to their contract…

  5. Toovey must be turning in his grave. Even my girlfriend wouldn’t trade an utility who can defend in the middle and edges for a sad excuse of a winger who has butter fingers.

    If I was Cooper Cronk/Reynolds/Thurston going down to Brookvale I wouldn’t even need to kick to one direction, none of their backs can catch.

    • sunnybill

      “Toovey must be turning in his grave.”

      Wouldn’t he need to be dead first?

      Probably the shock of seeing what is happening to his team will finish him off in any case!

      I agree though a direct swap of Buhrer for Uate only favours the Knights.

      Not too sure if I would be confident of Uate having a sudden return to form.

    • adzy44

      The Knights deserve every break and bit of luck they can get (and they will need it). It wasn’t too many years ago when Souths were in exactly the same position. It’s a painful thing for a supporter to watch when their club is at the bottom and trying to rebuild from scratch. That said, look at the support of the Knights fans over the season. phenomenal!

      • SSTID

        Your not wrong mate it is tough but rugby league is a crazy game look at what penrith did last year they were right down there fighting for the spoon with us last year and were able to make the finals this year

        • adzy44

          Beyond amazing young locally developed talent the secret was moving Wallace to hooker and introducing Cleary to the halves! Master stroke Griffin!

    • Hmmm. Do you think the Foran deal won’t get over the line, or he won’t return to form?

      The Warriors spine looks impressive next year already.

    • warriors2015

      Unfortunately Mullen is one of those players that was destined for so much more but was robbed of the chance through persistent injuries. I think even the Knights fans realise because of this he is a risk.

  6. Why blame Barrett it’s Fulton who hires and fires, f..k him off and let Barrett do his own thing, you Manly guy’s need to give him a chance, Fulton is responsable for this years performance when he kept Lyon Matai and Stewart when any half wit could tell you they wouldn’t see out half the season, which happened, Manly won’t make the semis for many years, sorry don’t mean to be nasty it’s just fact.

    • Add to that DCE’s got nothing to play for, in that he has his playing career, plus a bit, sealed. If I was a Manly fan, and I’m obviously not, I wouldn’t be banking on DCE “playing for the club”. By that, and trying to be as unbiased as I can, it took a lot of serious coin to get DCE back to Manly.

    • Penso I agree with you. It’s Fulton who has his fingers in the pie. Promised Walker State of Origin, meddled with Toovey, oversaw Barrett….etc
      Fulton has stuffed NSW for years with poor selections and meddling.
      Barrett was recruited from State of Origin!!!
      We know what’s happened there!!
      Show Fulton the door!!

    • penso/eelsalmighty/bunnybuster

      Guys I agree and disagree.

      I agree that Fulton may have meddled a little behind the scenes (both with Manly and NSW) but I would hate to hear Manly fans going after Sat’s (Sattler) and Macca (McCarthy) that way. I do agree that I feel he probably plays too great a role behind the scenes and needs to let Barrett run his own show.

      Barrett had a big ask right from the beginning. His first NRL head coaching position at a club that is used to success and coming off a recent era of success while at the same time losing most of its core stars that helped to bring about that success. He also had to contend with new players to the club and getting all players used to a new system and new coaching staff.

      One of Barrett’s biggest mistakes IMO was insisting on trying to make Dylan Walker a 5/8 when he should have been playing centre from the beginning.

      A young player coming off a scandal and shock exit from the club where he had played all his football, now found himself at a different club for the first time in his career. As if that was not enough he was thrust into an unfamiliar position and given the responsibility of leading the team when from the beginning this role and position should have gone to Jamie Lyon (who by all reports resisted being moved to 5/8).

      In addition to all this the recruitment (and now retention) at the club leaves a lot to be desired and is fundamental to their success. I would think that Cleary would be a better fit for Manly and Barrett for the Dragons but that is all now water under the bridge.

      I think Manly will be a more cohesive unit next year and if TommyTurbo/Green/DCE and Parcell/Koroisau can click then good things might yet happen. DCE needs to step up and prove he was worth the big $$’s Manly paid for him and the whole team has to fall behind Barrett if there will be any chance of success IMO.

      • Uate probably will be a good buy as we definitely need an injection of speed on the wings. However, the loss of Buhrer is unfathomable – he was probably Manly’s best forward last season and has always given his all for the team.

        Overall Manly’s recruitment and retention has been ABYSMAL! – eg. the recruitment of Brown, the two Wrights has and will be a COMPLETE FAILURE.

        • Seaeagle1

          “the two Wrights has and will be a COMPLETE FAILURE.”

          So two Wrights do make a wrong then? 😉

  7. Barrett has the final say in player retention and signings as was obvious when he was white anting Penrith bringing Korisau and unfortunately Lewis Brown..Penrith have never looked back,..he was also instrumental in bringing Nathan Green and moving on Tom Symonds…Fulton looks after the financial shuffling although he and Joe Kelly had a role in moving Toovey on and bringing in Barrett..they’re going to need Matai fully fit next year or that backline will concede cricket scores!

  8. Other than the Trbjoivic brothers, the two players who had a real go this year were Vave and Buhrer and now they’re both gone..just like Manly’s 2017 chances and before the Manly naive optimists jump on, all I can say is Jonathan Wright,Matt Wright,Lewis Brown,Nate Myles and throw in Taufua and Uate diffusing the cross kicks.

  9. Wow. Hardly a fair trade Buhrer for Uate. Manly is really starting to make some questionable decision. I said the other day, Barrett will be trying to put his stamp on Manly so maybe DCE, Jake and Turbo might not be the future of Manly

    Do Manly fans think some of these decisions relate to DCE contract? Surely Manly would have had the funds to keep Buhrer. Just weird.

  10. People keep bringing up the DCE contract yet most clubs have a million dollar contract player the only difference is Manly locked him in on a lifetime contract..if salary caps increase he stays on the same money where guys like Taumalolo will increase their worth to $1.5 or beyond..Manlys problem isn’t the DCE contract, it’s the crap they’re signing and the heart and soul they’re releasing.

    • Yes I understand in a few years the $1.3mil will be bargain price for DCE but $1.3mil for him + Stewart and Matai and that’s a very large portion of today’s cap tied up, hence restricting other player retention.

      • you would think that DCE would have it built in to his contract that he can negotiate for an increase in contract if there is an increase in the salary cap. Most of the top tier players (DCE thinks he is one) have a clause built in where they can get an increase subject to meeting of certain KPI’s.
        Even if he didn’t, a contract is nothing these days, he could just claim mental illness, sit out for 4 weeks and negotiate a new fatter contract elsewhere.

  11. People keep bringing up the DCE contract yet most clubs have a million dollar contract player the only difference is Manly locked him in on a lifetime contract..if salary caps increase he stays on the same money where guys like Taumalolo will increase their worth to $1.5 or beyond..Manlys problem isn’t the DCE contract, it’s the crap they’re signing and the heart and soul they’re releasing..hardly value in Myles,Walker,Brown or Taupau for the money they’re on

  12. Knights are starting to build the foundations to be a successful club again, I like it:

    1. Jake Mamo
    2. Nathan Ross
    3. Dane Gagai
    4. Jaelen Feeney
    5. Brendan Elliott
    6. Jarrod Mullen
    7. Trent Hodkinson
    8. Sam Matora
    9. Rory Kostjaysn
    10. Korbin Sims
    11. Mitch Barnett
    12. Sione Mata’utia
    13. Jamie Buhrer

    • ScorinCoreyNorman

      Agreed the Knights are starting to build a more competitive side but they could still do with a few additional signing to improve their depth.

      I thought Feeney would be playing 5/8? Or perhaps even Buhrer?

      IMO Kostjaysn is more of a backrower and only a part time hooker at best. I would be interested in seeing if Mullen could step into the role of hooker and try to replicate Peter Wallace’s efforts at the Panthers this year.

      Also surely Daniel Saifiti will be a starting Prop he was their best player all year.

      Any thoughts ZT?

      • Rory K is an out and out hooker and he will add a dynamic to that team to go forward. The problem will be defence. Saifiti will be better again and they have a good medical head in Ayoub so Knights definitely on the up up …

        • pedro the saint

          “The problem will be defence.”

          For Rory K.? I don’t have a problem with his defence but it is a lack of options that he brings to the attack that I question. No kicking game, no great deceptive passing game, no acceleration or footwork from dummy half, no vision, no ability to assist with organising the attack and exploiting defensive weaknesses.

          Think of the top 6 teams and compare: Smith, Hodgson, Ennis, Granville, McCullough, Wallace… even throw in Farah, Cook, Luke and Friend and you begin to see what I mean. That is also why I think Mullen might be a far better option at hooker for the Knights if he can replicate Peter Wallace.

          I agree Rory K. is a solid player, a good backup hooker (like McInnes) but not a starting hooker who can add impact IMO.

          It’s rare that I disagree with you mate but in this case we will have to agree to disagree.

      • I see where you’re coming from but newcastle don’t have much to work with, I do like the Idea of Mullen at Hooker and Kosty on the bench. Not everyone will like this Idea but there needs to be some ‘dud’ signings to manly make an attractive team to go to. Look at Watmough for example the very next year we got Scott, Foran, Jennings, Gordon. But our issues from 2012-2014 came back to bite us. There’s no denying this COULD OF been Parras year.

        If I was the coach of Newcastle I would Sign: Rein, Marshall, Heighnington, Williams, Hannant, Moa, Haradaker. All on 1-2 year deals, Yeah some of the guys are duds but the fact is Newcastle needs people who will attract others, Look at Moimoi going to Leigh Centurions Next few years they signed: Tonga, Maitua, Paterson, Weston, Drinkwater & Rangi Chase. Pretty sure they’re looking at a super league call up next year!

        Idealy I’d give Newcastle this look:

        1. Zak Hardaker
        2. Nathan Ross
        3. Dane Gagai
        4. Jaelen Feeney
        5. Sione Mata’utia
        6. Jarrod Mullen
        7. Trent Hodkinson
        8. Sam Moa
        9. Mitch Rein
        10. Korbin Sims
        11. Mitch Barnett
        12. Jamie Buhrer
        13. Chris Heighington
        ——————–
        14. Rory Kostjaysn
        15. Tony Williams
        16. Pauli Pauli
        17. Ben Hannant

        • ScorinCoreyNorman

          Some interesting options and I don’t really disagree. As for Moa, I wouldn’t mind seeing Souths make a play for him (as an impact forward off the bench) if they can fit him under the cap.

          A draft system where lower ranked teams get first choice of “free agents” would be a fairer system (just like the NFL/NBA) but I don’t think many fans support this. That way teams like the Knights may stand a chance but TPA’s and hidden $$’s off the cap are destroying the game and only helping to increase the ever growing gap between the top and bottom teams. At least those that are struggling financially!

          Not every half can transition to hooker but the main problems I would see for Mullen are his defence (which would need to improve) and the risk of further injury with more work in the defensive line.

          Other than that he has the skill to be one of the best in the position and it might be worth the risk for the Knights who need whatever competitive edge they can get.

        • ScorinCoreyNorman

          Btw, for the sake of consistency (and apologies to Dragons and Dogs fans), but Mitch Rein would start behind McInnes, Kostjaysn and Baptiste (and along side of Lichaa) IMO.

    • Cant see Mamo there next year he’s too inconsistent and its generally more bad than good with him.. Chanel Mata’utia will be fit and healthy next year and should take a centre spot.. As for more signing’s id love to see Sam Moa come down for a year and help push the young guys for a spot and maybe someone like Josh Maguire to add some size to the pack.

    • Isn’t that basically what they had in round 26 plus Burher? No pressure on him then!!
      I’m not sure how much money they have to play with but hopefully that can bring in some players who are keen to help rebuild. Their fans have been amazingly loyal and deserve a change in fortunes.

    • This should be the Knights side for 2017.
      1) Jake Mamo/Jaelen Feeney
      2) Nathan Ross
      3) Dane Gagai
      4) Chanel Mata’utia/Pat Mata’utia
      5) Brendan Elliot
      6) Jarrod Mullen (should hopefully stay fit for once)
      7) Trent Hodkinson (c) (gk)
      8) Sam Mataora
      9) Rory Kostjasyn/Danny Levi
      10) Korbin Sims
      11) Mitchell Barnett/Jamie Buhrer
      12) Sione Mata’utia
      13) Jamie Buhrer/Mitchell Barnett

      14) Danny Levi/Rory Kostjasyn (hooker)
      15) Daniel Saifiti (prop)
      16 ? (second row)
      17 (Jacob Saifiti (prop)

      This side is pretty much yours except it is slightly different. It will definitely be pretty competitive next year and will be winning a fair few more games than this year. Just need a second rower on the bench and if the side stays fit and attacks and defends well they should be sweet for years to come.

      • Pauli Pauli can come off the bench as a second rower actually. He could go well on the edge and hopefully he fixes his discipline.

      • canterburybankstownbulldog4ver

        Not too far off but…

        1. Daniel Saifiti needs to start and play a major role in the forwards (not just as an impact player)
        2. Phythian needs to be in the team somewhere (he shows a lot of promise). Did he fill in at hooker against Souths? Might be an option?
        3. Feeney would be better suited to the halves. He couldn’t handle the pressure at FB early this season. I think he might still have scars from that experience.
        4. Levi looks good for impact but needs more time to develop IMO.
        5. Buhrer might do well given an opportunity at 5/8.

        Any thoughts Knights fans? You your own players best.

        • Saifiti can swap with Mataora then. Phythian did debut against Souths and he was fantastic so he could possibly get the utility spot on the bench instead of Levi, but he’s even younger than Levi. Feeney could probably miss out on first grade a little longer then and Mamo can stay fullback but Mamo just needs more consistency otherwise he can be replaced by someone else. Buhrer is best off on the edges I reckon. The Knights need specialist halves running the side. Hoping Mullen can stay fit for once and take pressure off Hodkinson and hopefully their forward pack can get some go forward so their halves can play some good football. The future is bright at the Knights when things finally get to go their way. What’s the go at Souths, your side all sorted yet?

        • I just checked out Levi’s and Phythian’s ages and it turns out they were both born in 1995, 1 year before me haha. Levi is very talented though and it will be hard to pick between him and Phythian for the utility spot while Kostjasyn starts. Either way, a talented kid will be in the side ready to make a difference for the side.

        • canterburybankstownbulldog4ver

          “I just checked out Levi’s and Phythian’s ages and it turns out they were both born in 1995”

          Yeah, just checked that before posting as I also am no Knights expert. Phythian had a very confident debut and may still yet prove to be ready for first grade. Personally I would have thought that it made more sense for Farah to go to the Knights instead of Souths but never mind let’s see how he goes next year.

          “What’s the go at Souths, your side all sorted yet?”

          I wish! We are all still waiting to see what happens with Cook after the dust settles from Farah’s arrival. Fingers crossed Cook stays at hooker (but I doubt it) and that Cook stays at Souths (just as doubtful but still possible).

          Braidon Burns (Panthers U20) looks like a find but time will tell if he will get a start next year. Souths have also signed some quality young talent in Tyrell Fuimaono (Eels), Brett Greinke (Broncos), Robert Jennings (Panthers), Connor Tracey (Sharks), and Angus Creighton and Hymel Hunt are developing nicely. Also Robbie Rochow (Knights) might be the workhorse Souths have been looking for. Time will tell.

        • Buhrer is no 5/8th edge backrower, runs good lines and helps his halfback with tackles and very reliable.

  13. worst deal ever – what’s Barret yapping on about that Uate is only 28 – he’s only got 3 to 4 more years left in 2nd grade.

    Manly will be losing many memberships over the coming years with Barrett still there – starting with mine.

    • I watched Uate a couple times in reserve grade this year and he was still very average even at that level, cant read the defence and has no hope under a high ball i’d be surprised if he even plays 1st grade for manly

    • eagle85

      But what an acquisition for 2nd grade! 😉 But seriously, I feel your pain. Change of club, change of attitude, change of fortunes. Who knows? Hope for the best and prepare of the worst.

  14. Buhrer is the workhorse every team needs and he is gone. I’m baffled. The knives will be out if we start losing early next year

  15. good replacement for corbin sims who is headed south to the sharks after being released of his final year buhrer will replace him well ..believe that

  16. should’ve been myles who left, he’s only playing for manly for a paycheck. But its good to see the knights making a new signing for the 2017 season. with the loss of J Smith, he can be a good replacement.

  17. I can’t believe Manly letting go Buhrer. That’s slightly more disturbing than the Uate signing.
    In this weeks Big League Season Review magazine, Suaia Matagi is in the “new buys” for 2017 along with Shaun Lane, Jonathan Wright and Blake Green. If this true, its good news, he’s a solid player. Manly should be thinking of retaining Lawrence and Toufua next. The new signing still doesn’t instill comfort from the decision of letting Buhrer go. Tom Symonds should of never been let go, aswell as Liam Knight. Maybe signing Greg Bird is such a bad idea now but get rid of Lewis Brown first.
    2017 possible team
    1. Trbojevic
    2. Toufua/J. Wright/B. Parker/Wiliame
    3. Matai
    4. Walker
    5. Uate
    6. B. Green
    7. DCE
    8. Lussick
    9. Parcell
    10. Lawrence
    11. Taupau
    12. L. Brown
    13. Trbojevic

    14. A. Fonua-Blake
    15. S. Matagi
    16. Myles
    17. S. Lane/Koroisau

    W. Meehan
    F. Winterstein.

    • Very solid side. Lane should start instead of Brown and Meehan should be on the bench instead of Myles I reckon. Also, if Uate doesn’t fire (likely) then he should be replaced by a young winger like Lavaka or someone else. If Manly didn’t lose Knight then he would be on the bench instead of Matagi and Symonds would be on the bench too if he was retained. A bench of Fonua-Blake (prop), Knight (prop) , Symonds (second row) and Brown (second row) would be good but with what Manly have now a bench of Fonua-Blake (prop), Matagi (prop), Meehan (prop) and Brown (second row) would be very good also, if only there is a young and fresh second rower Manly has to replace Brown because he’s past it, but then again the last spot can go to a utility (Koroisau) to give Manly a spark. Having 2 props, a second rower and a utility might be the best option for Manly next season.

      • Only issue is, one of the props has to miss out to make way for Koroisau. Who would you think the props on the bench should be in this case?

        • It’s either 4 forwards (2 props and 2 second rowers) or 3 forwards (2 props and 1 second rower) and a utility next year.

  18. I can’t believe Manly letting go Buhrer. That’s slightly more disturbing than the Uate signing.
    In this weeks Big League Season Review magazine, Suaia Matagi is in the “new buys” for 2017 along with Shaun Lane, Jonathan Wright and Blake Green. If this true, its good news, he’s a solid player. Manly should be thinking of retaining Lawrence and Toufua next. The new signing still doesn’t instill comfort from the decision of letting Buhrer go. Tom Symonds should of never been let go, aswell as Liam Knight. Maybe signing Greg Bird isn’t such a bad idea now but get rid of Lewis Brown first.
    2017 possible team
    1. Trbojevic
    2. Toufua/J. Wright/B. Parker/Wiliame
    3. Matai
    4. Walker
    5. Uate
    6. B. Green
    7. DCE
    8. Lussick
    9. Parcell
    10. Lawrence
    11. Taupau
    12. L. Brown
    13. Trbojevic

    14. A. Fonua-Blake
    15. S. Matagi
    16. Myles
    17. S. Lane/Koroisau

    W. Meehan
    F. Winterstein.

  19. Newcastles 2017 Rebuilt Side:

    1. Benji Marshall (Try Something Different coz halves wasnt working)
    2. Jake Mamo
    3. Sione Mata’utai
    4. Dane Gagai
    5. Nathan Ross
    6. Luke Walsh
    7. Trent Hodkinson (c)
    8. Daniel Saifiti
    9. Rory Kosjasyn
    10. Korbin Sims (c)
    11. Mitch Barnett
    12. Jamie Buhrer
    13. Chris Heighington
    14. Danny Levi
    15. Jacob Saifiti
    16. Ben Hannant
    17. Pauli Pauli/Sam Mataora

    Others that could be signed:
    – Mitch Rein
    -Will Mathews (Great Player for back row or Lock)
    – Sam Moa
    – Greg Bird
    – Zak Hardaker

    • nrlmastermind

      “1. Benji Marshall (Try Something Different coz halves wasnt working)”

      You realise poor old Benji just fell out of his rocking chair! They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, well I would guess any chance Benji had to switch to FB disappeared a long, long time ago. But who am I to argue with an nrlmastermind? 😉 Only kidding buddy. I will give you points for originality though.

  20. Could people stop putting Brown in their team,I’m trying to come to terms with Buhrer leaving!…Who’s going to do the tackling for Marty Tampon now!

  21. 1. Hardaker***
    2. Ross
    3. Gagai
    4. S Matautia
    5. Elliot
    6. Walsh/Mullen
    7. Hodkinson
    8. D Saifiti
    9. Kosjaysn
    10. K Sims
    11. Barnett
    12. T Williams***
    13. Burher

    14. Levi
    15. J Saifiti
    16. Mataroa
    17. Pauli Pauli

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