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Alex McKinnon has inspired plenty of people through his positivity and courage in the past four months.

From his teammates to the average punter on the street, everyone can take a little bit of motivation from McKinnon's bravery under extremely difficult circumstances.      

The game and the wider community will get their chance to honour the injured Newcastle back-rower this Sunday when the Knights host the Gold Coast Titans at Hunter Stadium in RiseForAlex Round.   

For the Club's NYC side, who are first to play on the special day, it's a chance to commence proceedings in style.           

"I know the boys are really looking forward to getting the club off to a good start," coach Mick Crawley says. 

"We’re at home and it will be a good round, the Alex McKinnon round to support one of our own players." 

Crawley's positive mindset is well backed up by his players, including star halfback Jaelen Feeney.

The former Bulldogs No.7 may be in his maiden season at the Knights, but he already feels very much part of the red and blue fold.      

"I’m very honoured to play on Sunday, especially against my hometown because I’m from the Gold Coast." Feeney beamed.

"So I’m really eager to play and put on the jersey in the spirit of RiseForAlex Round."

Emerging outside back Jake Mamo is another player keen to impress McKinnon with a big victory over the Titans on Sunday.

The Gosford-born speedster was fortunate enough to join forces with Alex in the pre-season trial against the First Nation Goannas back in February and can't wait to play for him on Sunday.      

"I played with Alex in the Indigenous game and he is a great bloke and great player to play with," Mamo enthused.  

"So it’s really good that everyone can get out and show their support for him."

On top of winning for McKinnon, the Club's under 20s outfit is also determined to start strongly after failing to do so last week against the Sharks in Sydney.

Trailing 22-0 at halftime, the junior Knights fought hard to force a draw and maintain their position on top of the Holden Cup ladder.     

Coach Crawley was happy with his team's resolve to comeback, but concedes they can't afford to give away big first half leads moving forward.       

"The boys were certainly disappointed in the result even though we got the one-point at the end of the game," Crawley says.

"That’s mainly because we made too many mistakes in the first half and we didn’t show the opposition the credit they deserved. We’ll learn from that though, because to the boys credit they could have dropped their bundle at halftime but they hung in.

"That’s a good quality and that’s one of the things that we can take forward."

The NYC clash will get underway from 11.15am on Sunday.