The nib Newcastle Knights have appointed Jamie Buhrer and Mitchell Pearce as co-captains for 2018, which was announced at the Corporate Season Launch on Friday evening.
Coach Nathan Brown believes appointing the duo is the best fit for the club.
“Jamie is someone that sets the standards and someone that challenges other people to do the right thing and with Mitchell’son-fieldd leadership, that combination is the best way to go,” said Brown.
Buhrer, who has played 144 NRL games, joined the Knights in 2017 and midway through the season was named co-captain alongside Sione Mata’utia.
“Jamie was captain last year and he’s highly regarded amongst the group,” Brown commented.
“He’s very well respected, the players follow him, he sets great standards and he challenges others to get those standards.
“Jamie certainly did a great job last year with Sione.”
It will be Pearce’s first season in the red and blue, and the experienced halfback has played a total of 238 NRL matches.
“Mitchell is our real on-the-field leader, so we thought that combination works well as Jamie doesn’t play the whole game, all of the time,” stated Brown.
“As a whole we feel like we’ve got a lot more depth in our leadership now.”