SYDNEY - Retired Newcastle hooker Danny Buderus says Kurt Gidley is the man to fill his dummy-half role for the Knights next NRL season.
Gidley has been plagued with injury in recent years, playing 19 games in the past two NRL seasons.
But the former NSW and Australian representative utility shapes up as a key player for a Knights outfit in 2014 without the services of club great Buderus - if he can stay fit.
"We need him to get through the season," Buderus told AAP. "He brings so much to us and we need him out there a lot of the time and that'll balance everything out for us if he stays in there."