Veteran Quinn happy to share experience at Knights

ANTHONY Quinn will happily lend a hand to the club's established wingers and rising stars when he rejoins the Knights next season.

The veteran of 103 games for Newcastle and just as many for Melbourne is keen to force his way into first grade and extend his NRL career into a 12th season.

By mutual agreement, Quinn and the Knights are waiting for the NRL salary cap rise to be ratified before he signs an incentive-based contract for 2013.

But he completed the first block of pre-Christmas pre-season training and was one of a select group of players who took part in a two-day team-building bush camp in south-eastern Queensland last week.

"All indications are looking like I'll be at the Knights next year, and I'm keen to contribute in any way possible," Quinn said.

Coach Wayne Bennett signed veterans Beau Scott, Jeremy Smith and David Fa'alogo to give the Knights a harder edge, and Quinn is cut from the same cloth.

"I turn 30 next year so I'll fit into everyone else's age bracket then," said Quinn, who will be one of eight players aged 30 or older.

"But Wayne has indicated that age isn't a factor, especially with the people that he's brought to the team. Their ability to play football is what he's looking for.

"With those guys coming in, the experience they have brings a lot to the team.

"Except for myself, they have all been coached by Wayne before, and the rest of the team have all had a year of being coached by him.

"The main thing we're trying to reinforce is that we're all on the same page and we're all working together."

Though he acknowledged he would start behind Aku Uate and James McManus, who were still playing under-20s when he last played for the Knights in 2006, Quinn does not want to spend next season playing NSW Cup.

A calf injury sidelined him from Melbourne's 2012 finals campaign, but he has recovered from that and is no longer bothered by the neck injury that threatened to end his career three years ago.

"I still think I've got a lot to contribute to not only the Knights but the NRL," he said.

"If I can be a mentor and help any of the young kids out through the experience I've gained throughout my career, I'll definitely be doing that, but I'll also be trying to push to get into the top squad."

● The winners of the Rugby League Live 2 giveaway, courtesy of the Herald and Tru Blu Entertainment, are David Thomas from New Lambton (PlayStation 3) and Trina Devetak from West Wallsend (Xbox 360). Winners will be contacted on Monday to arrange collection of prizes.

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