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An entire team effort will be the determining factor in the Newcastle Knights’ Friday night match against the Brisbane Broncos according to winger Akuila Uate. 

“We definitely need to play as a team, turn up and play together,” he said. 

While he acknowledges the occasion at Suncorp Stadium will be a test, Uate said the team is taking an optimistic and united approach to the challenge.

“We have been training really well this week,” he said. 

“I just want to get up there and play footy, that’s what I’m here for.

“It will be good to get a win up there and I hope we turn up and play as a team."

Uate has had plenty of off-field excitement in the build up to Friday’s match.

“It’s been a big week for me and I have had a couple of days off as I’ve had my third (child), my son,” he revealed. 

“I’m feeling good coming to training today.”

The 27-year-old and partner Sam welcomed Kingston Uate to the world on Monday. 

“I’m excited because he wasn’t due until next week and I was hoping he would come early before I went to Brisbane,” he said.

The Fijian born Knight now feels settled and relieved he was able to be with his partner Sam for the birth. 

“I was a bit worried that if I was in Brisbane and I had my son, I would have been a little bit filthy,” he said.

“The family is happy and I am happy.”