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Newcastle Knights utility Tyler Randell made his NRL debut in Saturday's win over the Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium.

It was a late inclusion for Randell, who had just completed the NSW Cup win with 12-men, after Travis Waddell fell ill during the warm-up.

"Trav felt sick in the warm-up, he felt off colour and started vomiting," coach Wayne Bennett explained after the match.

"I think Tyler's pretty thrilled to be a part of it but has a pretty good head gash now."

Randell was forced from the filled late in the match and unable to return after a nasty head clash, which required stitching.

The 22-year-old became the 254th player to play for the Knights.