Players should motivate themselves

26 December 2017 18:36:43 GMTPlus10

Newcastle Knights forward Jamie Buhrer doesn't think the youngsters at the club should need him to push them.

If the club are to make strides forward, after three consecutive seasons in last place, Buhrer believes all the players need to show hunger.

Regardless of age or experience, everyone should be able to motivate themselves and put their best foot forward next season he says.

The 28-year-old veteran feels the Knights have more depth this time around and that will enable them to use the quality that's already in the squad.

If they find it all too hard maybe they didn't belong there in the first place.

Jamie Buhrer

"It's not my job as a senior player to keep them focused or hungry, it's something you've either got or you don't. The thing about rugby league is nothing is ever given," said Buhrer.

"To make a first-grade football team is hard work and to stay is even harder. If a lot of these younger blokes miss out on a first crack come round one, if they fight their way back and have sustained success in first grade, they'll have earned it.

"If they find it all too hard maybe they didn't belong there in the first place. Essentially it sounds like a hard attitude but that's rugby league and it's important every day you're putting your best foot forward. That should be all the motivation they need."

Buhrer, who will come up against his former club for the first time when the Knights take face Manly in round one, says his transition to Newcastle has been much more seemless than he'd expected.

The Knights are 251.00 to win the Grand Final. Newcastle are 17.00 to finish in the top eight.

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