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Newcastle Knights hooker Adam Clydsdale makes a happy return to the side and is ready to take on the Penrith Panthers on Saturday after recovering from illness last week.

Clydesdale was a late exclusion from the Round 25 game at Hunter Stadium, but after making a good recovery during the week, is raring for the team’s final match of the year.

“I’m feeling good going into the game,” he said on Friday before the team's departure from Knights HQ. 

“For me personally, I was disappointed not to play last week because of illness.

“We have been playing very well as a team and the forwards have been muscling up. I think we’ll take a lot into this game.

 “We’ve all had a good week, I'm keen to rip in and come home with a win."

In a review of the Panthers, Clydsdale acknowledges he comes up against a stiff opponent in hooker James Segeyaro.  

“We talked a bit about him during the week. He’s fast out of hooker and is one to watch," he said. 

“We’ve done a lot of work around the ruck this week and are confident we have to shut them down."

Most of all, Clysdale hopes for a win to farewell Kurt Gidley and the team’s other departing players to leave them with a positive memory of their last game in the red and blue.

“We want to (send them out) on a good note, especially Gids (Kurt Gidley) he’s been at the Club for 15 years and is a legend here,” he concluded.