Guerra happy with Lillyman signing

07 October 2017 20:29:19 GMTPlus11

Jacob Lillyman's arrival at Newcastle Knights has been given the endorsement of fellow new signing Aidan Guerra.

The Maroons pair will team up with the Knights next season, along with five other recruits.

Lillyman and Guerra have played together for Queensland on eight occasions and Lillyman has no joined him after nine years with the Warriors.

He notched up his 250th game in the NRL in August, but was told by the Auckland club he was free to look elsewhere at season's end.

Guerra said Lillyman was a good acquisition by Newcastle, adding: "You look at the last decade he's been playing and has probably been doing the same thing every game.

"He's consistently a good prop and that's why 'Browny' (Knights coach Nathan Brown) would have brought him in, to contribute on the field but also off the field where he can help the young guys get their preparation right."

The Knights won another wooden spoon last season, but seem to have improved after recruiting six of their players from top-four clubs.

They also chased Dragons-bound James Graham as the ideal candidate for an experienced forward, and entered negotiations for the signature of Adam Blair late in the season, with neither deals coming off.

Guerra, who has turned down the chance to play for Italy in the Rugby League World Cup, is adamant age isn't a barrier for 33-year-old prop Lillyman.

Speaking of his fellow recruit, he added: "When it comes to his football and when he talks people listen. You have to with a player like that, he's been around so long; he's certainly going to add to the dynamic of the side."

Guerra feels his own form as returned since the announcement he was joining the Knights in 2018, possibly down to having more security.

Newcastle are 34.00 to win the 2018 NRL Grand Final, while the Knights are 3.00 to finish in the top eight.

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