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In a season that’s seen it’s fair share of ups and downs for the Newcastle Knights, Korbin Sims says the team is resolute on ensuring the year has a positive end. 

The chance to finish the season on a high comes on Saturday in the Round 26 match against the Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium.

“It’s a big game and the last game of the year,” Sims said on Friday before the team departed Wests Mayfield. 

“Everyone wants to finish on a high note and that’s what we’re going down there for."

In what has been a similarly indifferent season for the Panthers, the opposition this week also struggles with a number of injuries to key personnel. 

Yet, Sims believes there’s no room for complacency. 

“You can’t take any side easy these days,” he said. 

“Even though it is Round 26, both sides are going to be coming out firing looking for the last win of the year.

“It doesn’t matter if they have two debutants or six debutants, you can’t take any side lightly.” 

Sims was cleared of a grade one dangerous contact charge by the NRL judiciary on Wednesday and was thrilled to play a part in the final game.   

“I’m really happy I got the clearance,” he said.

Another force driving the team towards victory is the fact Saturday’s game marks the last time interim coach Danny Buderus will take the helm since his appointment in Round 21. 

While the Newcastle Knights board is in the process of appointing a head coach for the 2016 season, Buderus is expected to continue his involvement in the Club’s coaching department. 

“I really respect Danny alot and what he’s done for the Club and what he’s done for me the last couple of years has been great,” he added.

“We’ll try to send him out on a positive note, for not only us as a club but for him aswell.”