Newcastle Knight Chris Houston says the team has returned to Knights HQ after the bye hungry for redemption, and it all starts on the training paddock.
“We need to get our season back on track and need to put some good sessions on the paddock because Cronulla is going to be tough on Sunday,” he said on Tuesday as the Knights prepare to host the Cronulla Sharks.
The veteran forward feels restored after the bye, and eager to return to Hunter Stadium after Round 13's loss to the Canberra Raiders, a game he carried a niggling injury into.
“I’ve had a little ongoing neck injury with a bulging disk in my neck,” he said.
“I had a bit of treatment on that in the bye and it’s feeling really good.
“I think the week off as much as everything has come at a good time for me and I’m keen to get into the back end of the season.”
While the Knights miss four of its members through Origin duties, he assured the rest of the squad is concentrated on a common goal.
“It’s a bit of a disruptive week. We have a few away with rep duties,” he said.
“Once we get those boys back from the rep week we’ll get our focus on the Sharks."
The Knights continue to feel the effects of injured personnel, but this week brings with it hope of the return of some of the team’s mainstays.
“A positive is that we have Robbie Rochow back training well after his operation. He’s a big plus for our side,” he said.
Injured halfback Tyrone Roberts also shows signs of a return after injuring his ankle in Round 12.
“Fingers crossed, Tyrone got through most of the session today, and if he pulls up well, I think he should be right,” he concluded.