Cessnock coach Todd Edwards reckons premiership-winning playmaker Scott Briggs will add an extra dimension to the Goannas for the remainder of their 2019 campaign.
Briggs has signed with the Coalfields club from Macquarie and is expected to start from the bench in Saturday's clash against undefeated Newcastle Rugby League leaders Western Suburbs at Cessnock Sportsground.
"He [Briggs] is a good game manager," Edwards told the Newcastle Herald.
"He's got a good kicking game and is very experienced.
"End of sets is where we will benefit."
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Cessnock's stocks were dented earlier this year when first-choice No.7 Hayden Loughrey went down with a torn ACL after getting a last-minute call-up to play NSW Cup for the Knights.
Loughrey's season-ending injury came on the eve of round two with the Goannas facing off against Lakes, who Edwards helped steer to last year's grand final.
Former NRL player Paul Carter and Hunter product Callen Edwards now find themselves partnering together as pivots for Cessnock.
Steve Waetford has shifted to hooker and Harry O'Brien completes the Goannas' spine at fullback.
Coach Edwards has now called on Briggs to bolster Cessnock's depth despite the former Knights lower grader having only played the sole reserve grade match for Macquarie in 2019.
Briggs, who has also lined up with Souths and Central previously, was part of Macquarie's 2017 title.