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Wardle relishing centre switch

Englishman Joe Wardle admits it doesn’t matter where he is playing for the nib Newcastle Knights, as long as he’s playing football.

With Dane Gagai switching to number one, the 25-year-old made a move from the forwards to the centres in the win against the Canberra Raiders on the weekend.

“I had a pretty specific job to do on the weekend, so as long as I’m helping the team out, I'm happy,” Wardle said.

“I knew about the change pretty early so I got a few practices in, everything felt comfy and I got a good little combo going with people.

“Centre was where I started out so that’s just the position I’m more comfortable in, but I’ll play anywhere and I’ll defend anywhere.”

Wardle stated that to get more wins on the board the team must play the full 80-minutes of football.

“I think too many times this year we have competed for 20 minutes, slacked off for a good while and then tried to come back into the game."

The new Knights centre said the team will have to redeem themselves against the Penrith Panthers, following their Round 4 drubbing.

“We had a lot of trouble against them so hopefully we can fix a few things up from when we last played them,” said Wardle.

“The win last week doesn’t matter; we need to keep the ball rolling and get the points on the board again.”

Wardle admits the Panthers have a great attacking system.

“They are a great side, they’ve got (Matt) Moylan, (Dallin) Watene-Zelezniak on the wing so I am sure (Nathan) Browny will have a good game plan,” he said.

 

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“If we stick to it like we did on the weekend we’ll have no qualms.

“We will watch video, see what we need to work on but I am confident as a team we can shut them down.”

Wardle admits he's desperate to get that winning feeling once again.

“It was amazing, you can’t beat winning there’s no better feeling,” Wardle smiled.

“Winning and seeing how many happy faces there were in the change rooms was a great feeling, we just need to get in the habit of winning more often.”

Meanwhile the 25-year-old said he relished playing in front of a home crowd and the support from red and blue fans.

“I can’t believe how good the crowd is,” Wardle said.

“Although things haven’t gone well in recent times, they definitely turn out in their numbers and it was nice to see the mob being vocal.

“It does help on the field when you hear it, it does give you a little more of a buzz to find that extra gear so it will be nice to have that support again.”

Make sure you get to the game this weekend, because it will be more than 40 days until we return to play at McDonald Jones Stadium.

All three grades will be action, NYC kick-off at 9.45am before Reserve Grade at 11.45am and NRL at 2pm.