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Jarrod Mullen training

It was a moment of sheer happiness that highlighted how glad the Newcastle Knights are to have five-eighth Jarrod Mullen back on the field.

As the Knights completed their final training session at Wests Mayfield on Friday, the squad congregated as a group to hear the news that Mullen had got through unscathed and will take his place against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday.    

After a tough start to the season for the Club, confirmation the team's key playmaker is set to return was met with joy from the playing group.

In fact, they were so happy they lifted Mullen up on their shoulders and cheered in unison.

It's a positive feeling that prop Kade Snowden hopes can flow onto Saturday's crucial round six clash against the Raiders at GIO Stadium. 

"It’s a massive confidence boost for the whole squad," Snowden said after training.

"He trained good today, so we are keen to go.

"He has been keen to play. He wanted to play last week, but they held him back for a while, so he is really, really keen to go."

As difficult as the start of the season has been for Newcastle though, Snowden says self-belief remains high.

He says basic errors and poor discipline has been the major reason behind the Club's indifferent opening to 2014. 

"The confidence every game this year has been really high," he says.

"So I don't think it's confidence, it's just holding the ball and we've got Mullo back now so it's a massive bonus."

We’re only six weeks into the NRL season, but Snowden knows the Knights can't afford to get too far behind the competition's leading teams. 

"It’s not the part of the year where you need to start panicking, but it is a must win," he says frankly.

"Not just for us, but the whole of Newcastle.

"We need to win this week to keep us in the mix. 

"We haven’t been playing that good, but we just need to get back to the form against Cronulla and just the belief that we can play like we did last year.

"You can say any excuse you want, but I just think we didn’t play the way we should and good teams just put teams on you.

"We need to hold the ball. That’s probably the biggest thing and our penalties.

"If we can just cut them in half, we’ll be up there."

Canberra has a decent sized pack led by the likes of Brett White and David Shillington, but Snowden believes the Knights are more than capable of containing them. 

"We held our own against them last game," he says about the Round 2 clash at Hunter Stadium.

"They are a big pack, but we are just as big.

"We just have to get through our game plan, complete and hold the ball."

Snowden hopes this happens against the Raiders on Saturday.