Clint Newton has only been back at the Club for just over five months but the veteran forward insists he has seen enough resolve within the ranks to suggest the Knights can salvage some pride to finish the season.
In the wake of last Saturday's loss to the Sydney Roosters, the side's seventh consecutive defeat, a disappointed yet determined Newton said he had no doubts the team can fight through their current form slump.
"I’ve only been a part of the first grade squad for a couple of weeks, but there is plenty of character here," Newton says.
"You are not going to get out of trouble by sulking, you’ve we’ve just got to keep battling away.
"Any loss is a tough one, but it’s just a few costly errors coming out of trouble that put ourselves under pressure.
"Some of us should know better, but we’ve just got to learn from that and bounce back next week."
While there's no questioning the Knights let themselves down on Saturday night, Newton says they can still take plenty of belief from their first-half performance.
The men in red and blue led 12-6 at the break, but weren't able to maintain that momentum in the second half on the back of a number of costly errors.
"The feeling was good in the first half," he says.
"I thought we were controlling the tempo well.
"Mullo and Tyrone were kicking well and then in the second half we just made a fair few errors coming out of trouble and we couldn’t seem to get an attacking set.
"You’ve got to earn the right to get down there and we didn’t.
"I think against any team you can’t afford to make mistakes coming out of yardage.
"We did that a lot in the second half and that’s why the score ended up the way that it did."
Newton, meanwhile, said he enjoyed his return NRL match for the Club despite the result.
The veteran forward hasn't played for the Knights since Round 11 of the 2007 season, a forgettable 71-6 flogging by the Brisbane Broncos.
"It was certainly a tough one to return in," he says.
"They (the Roosters) are one of the yardsticks and we’ve still got to work on a few things.
"I was blowing a bit out there, but the positive was I just got through injury free and hopefully I’ll get another crack at some stage."
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