After joining the Newcastle Knights in the off-season, Jack Stockwell is set to make his Club debut in front of his new home crowd at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” he told Knights TV on Wednesday.
“It’s been a good pre-season and has been injury free, so I’ve been really happy with how I’ve gone and how the boys have been training.
“I can’t wait to see all the fans come out, it will be great.
“I’ll be in the red and blue for the first time, they will all be cheering for me this time,” he said with a grin.
Stockwell is no stranger to the NRL having played 35 games since his first grade debut with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
The 23-year-old new recruit slots onto the Knights’ extended bench alongside Chris Houston, Dave Fa’alogo, Tyler Randell and Sione Mata'utia.
The Picton Magpies junior says he’s eager for his first test in the red and blue against a challenging Warriors side that boasts plenty of size up front.
“They are a big side, so I’m just expecting straight up the guts,” he said.
“That’s what we have to match and they have a bit of strike power with (Shaun) Johnson, so we’ll be looking at that as well.”
Since moving to the Hunter in November, he said he was made to feel immediately welcome and comfortable in his new home.
“I’ve settled in really well, Newy has welcomed me in with open arms,” Stockwell said.
“I’m really excited to be here and can’t wait to get out on the field.”