Tim Glasby arrived in Newcastle with more than just experience.
He has a Queensland Origin series victory to his name and a 2017 NRL Premiership ring on his finger.
He brings over 100 games of first grade experience too but above all of it is some words of wisdom from his grandfather, Don.
They're words he lives his life by.
"When I was a kid my grandfather told me: 'I don't care what you do when you grow up – be a garbage truck driver if that's what you want – so long as you enjoy doing it and give it your all'," Glasby said.
"It's the best piece of advice I've ever received and I've heard other people use it as well."
Glasby's arrival at the Knights caps off quite the journey.
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He left North Queensland at the age of 17 for Penrith where he signed with the Panthers.
After two seasons at the foot of the mountains he was unable to break the top grade and moved to Central Queensland to play with the Capras.
After three seasons in the Queensland league, he caught the Storm's attention and his NRL journey began.
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"I played 20's and SG Ball with the Panthers at the end of that when I was 21, I didn't have a spot anymore," Glasby said.
"The offered me a gig with the NSW Cup team so I decided head home and play QLD Cup, I might as well be home and playing footy.
"From there I was very fortunate the Storm picked me up."
A product of Rockhampton, the 29-year-old has joined the Knights on a three-year-deal.
After five seasons in Melbourne under the tutelage of Craig Bellamy, the forward has moved his young family to the Hunter where he'll provide experience and leadership.
The arrival of Glasby is a timely one with veteran duo Jacob Lillyman and Chris Heighington retiring at the end of the 2018 season.
Now Glasby is committed to providing guidance to the next generation of Knights.
"I'm fully aware we have a pretty young squad here but we do have some great experience that has come in as well," Glasby added.
"My first and full most thing is to perform well myself because that's my job.
"On top of that I am trying take some of the younger forwards aside and give them some pointers.
"That's what happen to me when I was a young fella and now, I'm happy to help these guys out as much as I can."