AUSSIE LEGEND Danny Buderus reckons Leeds Rhinos will gain a new dimension from recruit Adam Cuthbertson next season.
Cuthbertson, who will begin pre-season training on December 1, is a former team-mate of Buderus at Newcastle Knights and comes highly recommended by the ex-Australia captain.
Buderus made 83 appearances for Rhinos from 2009 to 2011 and has remained a big fan of the club since his return to Newcastle.
Now a member of Knights’ coaching staff, he predicted Cuthbertson’s style of forward play will be a big hit in Super League.
“Cuthbo has got a great offload,” Buderus said.
“In the back end of the season a lot of the good things we did came off the back of his offloads.
“When it’s a measured offload he’s a really dynamic player.
“The style Leeds like to play and the support players they’ve got, it will really suit him.”
Cuthbertson, 29, has played in the NRL since 2006, but Buderus is confident he will be able to cope with the English lifestyle and the transition to a different competition.
“I’ve spoken to him a few times,” he said.
“Cuthbo is someone who will buy into the culture over there.
“I’ve given him glowing praise for the club and the history of it and mainly what they’ve got going on there, the quality of personnel and the characters there.
“He knows you don’t go over there to fill up the numbers, you have to go over there to make a difference. He knows he is going to a club with a rich history and he needs to perform.
“It will be interesting to see how it unfolds.
“He will be a good signing for Leeds and a good addition around the place.”
Buderus’ last appearance for Rhinos was the 2011 Grand Final victory over St Helens.
He returned to his former club Newcastle for two farewell seasons before hanging up his boots, but said he keeps in close touch with events at Leeds and was delighted with Rhinos’ Challenge Cup final win earlier this year.
Of his current involvement at Newcastle, he said “I am an assistant-coach here.
“I am enjoying that role,which is good.
“Craig Sandercock – who was coach at Hull KR – is the other assistant-coach.
“We have got some good guys in the reserve grade and under-20s and some good, passionate people here so I am enjoying it.
“It’s a bit different to being a player though, especially in pre-season.
“I used to whack my boots on and run, but now there’s a lot of scheduling and programming to put into place.”