The former St George Illawarra U20s captain can't wait to get out on the field under the Dally M winning coach.
"I think it will be great. He had a great playing career, really successful," said Buchanan.
"As a coach, over in the Super League, he's been very successful as well.
"I think it'll be good to have that opportunity to play under him and learn everything I can."
Buchanan was one of the stars of the 2012 National Youth Competition, averaging 145m per game to be ranked 5th in the NYC for most metres.
He was also ranked 6th in the NYC for most runs. Defensively, Buchanan was ranked fourth for most tackles in the NYC.
The South Coast product relished the opportunity to move to a club with experienced leaders to guide his development.
"Having the experience of the senior players here was a major attraction," said Buchanan.
"Some of the forwards like Keith Galloway and Aaron Woods, who is around my age, I'll be able to learn a lot off them. I'll able to develop my own game.
"They've been there and done that and being a young kid, your ears are always open. You want to learn everything you can.
"Even players that aren't in my position like Benji and Robbie, they've had that experience so to just have them around - I'll be listening to every bit of advice they give me.
"Hopefully I'll develop my game so I can become a regular as well."
Despite his dominance of the NYC, Buchanan is aware of the hard work he needs to do to earn himself a place in Mick Potter's starting side.
"Obviously making that transition from the U20s up, even just to NSW Cup to play against men, I need to develop my body," said Buchanan
"I want to try and play really good minutes for a front rower and develop my game into a consistent game and hopefully the opportunity comes to play a bit of first grade."
The Wests Tigers are currently entering a crucial phase of the Club's membership drive, and with Members playing such a large role in the success of the Club, Buchanan is urging supporters to get behind the club.
"The players love when you get a big member base behind the team and it really does drive the team to do well and play well," said Buchanan.
"It will be good to see as many people as possible get behind the Wests Tigers and support us through the year."
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