In a surprise move – one that has surprised some Manly Sea Eagles fans – utility Jamie Buhrer has opted to take up a deal with the Newcastle Knights.
Shedding players recently to shore up space, the release of Buhrer baffled some Manly fans given both his versatility and his favouritism with the fans.
The statement released by Manly suggests that the length of contract offered is what forced a move, with the Knights offering Buhrer more stability and security.
“Jamie Buhrer has been a terrific player for Manly in his 128 first grade games and this opportunity gives him a chance to extend his at a new club,” said Manly head coach, Trent Barrett.
“We wish Jamie, his wife Grace and their children the very best at a new club and thank him for his dedication to Manly since joining the club in the junior representatives from Patrician Brothers Blacktown.
Playing in 128 NRL games for the Sea Eagles and winning a premiership in 2011 with the club, Buhrer adds some experience and starch to a relatively inexperienced Knights forward pack.
“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.”