Aidan Guerra has raised the bar of expectation surrounding the Knights’ 2019 prospectsdeclaring next season will be a failure if the side does not qualify forthe play-offs.
The Knights have made the finals just four times in the past 15 years with their last appearance coming backin 2013 under Wayne Bennett.
Yardstick: Veteran Knight Aidan Guerra says finals footy in 2019 is a must if the season is not to be deemed a failure. Picture: Simone De Peak.
But with some notable additions to the playing roster, a new-look staff and the prospect of improvement from a number of the club’s younger stars, Guerra says the club must be aiming for at least a top eight finish.
“We definitely hope for that,” he said.
“We are working towards it and as a side, we are pretty clear on what we need to do and how we are going to get there.
“The next four or five months will determine how close we will go and we’ll get a good measure come round one.”
Asked if anything less than a play-offs appearance would be a failure, Guerra said:“Yeah, I’d probably say that. We showed the potential that we’ve got but if you don’t reach your potential, it’s just a waste.
“We definitely have a side that is full of people who can get us there.
“I think they have been recruiting pretty well. We obviously ended last season knowing there were some voids that needed to be filled.
“The recruitment staff and management have been making some pretty good moves but it is one thing getting the players here but it’s what we do moving forward that will determine what we do as a football side.”
Guerra said there hadbeen talk among the playing group about the potentialsigning of Bulldogs Test prop David Klemmer but no-one is getting ahead of themselves.
“To be honest, we are getting a lot of our information from you guys [media]. We are just waiting to see what happens,” he said.
“He’s obviously going to be a great acquisition for the team if we can get him across the line but I’ve been around footy long enough to know nothing is certain and we won’t get too far ahead of ourselves until he shows up.”
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Entering his 13thpre-season, Guerra 30, says training at this time of the year doesn’t get any easier.
“It’s only my second day and I’m feeling how you’d expect,” he said.
“My legs are a bit sore, the body is a bit tired but that’s what pre-season is for. You come in and get straight into the hard stuff and start seeing that character buildas a side.
“There is a long road ahead and you try and enjoy it as much as the trainers don’t want you to.”