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Newcastle Knights hooker Tyler Randell didn’t know he would be starting the match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs until he arrived at the stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Up until that point he wasn't aware that Adam Clydsdale was forced to withdraw through illness and young rake Danny Levi was on his way up the M1 from a NSW Cup game in Manly to play from the bench.

“It’s a bit of a change in mindset to be starting the game, but to be starting on Old Boys Day was good,” Randell told the media on Monday afternoon.

“I wasn’t sitting on the bench waiting and thinking about what would happen, I was just straight in there.”

It was also the first time that Randell had played on Old Boys Day, and the Aberdeen junior enjoyed the experience.

“It was my first Old Boys Day, and it was unreal knowing all those blokes that played for the Club before were in the tunnel as you ran out,” he explained.

“It was disappointing that we couldn’t get the result for Kurt (Gidley) and the Old Boys, but it was a good day despite the loss.

“I thought we played pretty well, there were just a couple of costly errors that we didn’t have the week before against Melbourne, and against teams like the Bulldogs you can’t be making those errors.”