SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 01: Mitchell Pearce of the Knights looks on during the 2018 NRL season launch at First Fleet Park on March 1, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

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.

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“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.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. Should’ve kept Sione captain and built the next 12+ years around him. After all he is still only 21, why not capitalise on what could be

  2. Probably looking to take some pressure off him. As you say, he is only 21, and he has been moved back to centre this year given his problems with concussion amongst other reasons.
    I believe that he will be a long term captain for the Knights, but they need to give him some more time to grow into that leadership role as well as maintain his on-field presence given the amount of time he spent off the field last year with concussion.

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