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Speaking at the post-match press conference after the Knights' eight-point win against the Cowboys, coach Wayne Bennett said he was impressed with captain Kurt Gidley's performance in the halves on Monday night.  

When asked if he would keep his captain in the seven alongside five-eighth Jarrod Mullen, the veteran mentor joked that he was more than capable of making that call as the head coach.      

“Yeah well I’m the coach, I can make those decisions,” Bennett grinned.

"Kurt was good though and so was Jarrod.

"Tyrone also did well when he came on at hooker, so it worked pretty well for us."

Bennett says moving Gidley to halfback was a decision he made after seeing the former Test and Origin star excel at fullback against the Sydney Roosters back in Round 14.    

He then noticed how his skipper seemed to relish the extra space at training during the week and decided to roll the dice and select him in the halves.  

"Last week when Kurt went back to fullback I watched him at training, I just realised how much he was kind of enjoying that role and bit more freedom," he explains. 

"We’d lost enough games, so I thought it won’t do any damage to morale or anybody by making the change.

"So I made the change and I’m pleased with it.

"I was also pleased with the way that Tyrone played, more importantly.

"I thought he handled hooker really good and he is a really good player.

"He is young, so he’ll pick up a lot of pluses out of tonight and Kurt was busy and had the ball in his hands a lot, which was what we wanted."

Gidley said he thoroughly enjoyed playing at halfback.

"Yeah I think playing at five-eighth worked tonight," Gidley said.

"We probably haven’t been scoring a heap of points and I enjoyed it there.

"I enjoy getting my hands on the ball and getting tackled again.

"I probably haven’t been getting a great deal of runs when I was playing hooker and it just gets me behind the bigger boys and motivating them."  

The Knights will have recovery at Wests Mayfield on Tuesday, before ramping up preparations for Sunday's clash against the Parramatta Eels at Pirtek Stadium.