Clive Griffiths has singled out Will Foden as personifying the club culture at Castle Park.
Foden made his Knights debut at Neath after missing the whole of last season with a career threatening knee injury - and marked the occasion with a try.
Griffiths said: “I was delighted to see Will Foden come through his ordeal on the field against Neath after the horrific knee injury sustained when he was kicked by a crazy horse last summer.
“It is a testimony to his hard-work, guts, determination and positive attitude that Will has come back in the manner he has.
“He is an example to us all and is typical of the culture running through the team.”
Meanwhile, Griffiths has revealed his satisfaction at how his raft of new signings have settled into the club.
He said: “We’ve brought in a number of new signings this summer and a couple of guys that have played here before in Colin Quigley and Latu Makaafi who we are delighted to have back at Castle Park.
“Tyler Hotson, who joined us from London Scottish this summer, showed against Neath that he will be a force for us this season, especially in the set piece.”