Newly-recruited halfback Adam Clune has this week begun a new chapter at the Newcastle Knights after coach Adam O’Brien’s squad kicked off their pre-season training.
While Clune has spent all of his career so far with the St George Illawarra Dragons, a move to the Novocastrians carries plenty of nostalgia for the 26-year-old who is now joining forces with the club he supported as a child.
And among the drawcards was the return of rugby league Immortal and True Blue Andrew Johns, who will join the Knights coaching staff next season and was an idol of Clune’s when he was growing up.
“He’s (Johns) obviously one of the best ever to do it, if not the best,” Clune said.
“To be able to work with him, get feedback and bounce ideas off him is something I’m really looking forward too.
“Him and Danny Buderus were playing when I was supporting them and when I was growing up.
“I can’t wait to pick his brain.”
Clune has made 25 NRL appearances and this year also featured on five occasions in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.
He will be looking to turn heads on the training paddock in preparation for Newcastle’s upcoming season as he competes for a starting halves role in the red and blue jersey, which could potentially open up if incumbent No.7 Mitchell Pearce finds a new club for 2022.