Despite coming through Parramatta’s junior system, Jamie Buhrer, a self-confessed Sea Eagles fan at heart, has a strong connection with the Sea Eagles heritage jersey, having owned one as a kid.
“It’s definitely a favourite jersey of mine. Growing up I was a Manly fan, so I definitely had this one on the wardrobe with plenty of signatures on it,” Buhrer said.
The Tigers are a vastly improved football team and have showed already this season - with victories over Gold Coast and South Sydney - that they are capable of mixing it with the competition heavyweights.
"It’s going to be a different game to the ones we’ve played recently. We’ve played a lot of grinding games, the Tigers are a bit flashy with their young players and they are peaking at the right time. They’ve shown that they are first-grade quality, so we’re going to have to be on our toes," Buhrer said.
The Tigers also return to Leichhardt Oval for the first time this season, a ground that usually inspires the joint-venture to go that extra mile when they play at the historic venue.
"I’m sure it will be an advantage of sorts. There are going to be plenty of Tigers supporters, but once the ball is kicked off, it doesn’t really matter where you play. Leichhardt Oval is an exciting ground to play at and it should be a good contest," Buhrer said.
Buhrer admits he idolised his coach as a child and says he is looking forward to donning a similar jersey to which Geoff Toovey wore in the 90’s.
"I remember getting Tooves’ signature on the jersey I actually had a broken arm with a long sleeve jersey trying to get him to sign it and it ended up just being a big scribble on the cast," he said.
"I was a big fan [of the jersey] and this was definitely one of the jerseys I tried to look after as best as I could."