Pete Mata’utia ready to return
Peter Mata’utia is pleased to be back on his feet and training after overcoming a knee injury that’s ruled him out for several weeks.
Mata’utia suffered a medial collateral ligament (MCL) and meniscus injury to his knee during the Round 8 match, his first game since re-joining the Club.
“I’ve been running for a couple of weeks now and it’s been good to get out there with the boys and get a full session out there,” he said on Wednesday.
While the Knights have the bye this week, the team was hard at it on the training paddock working towards next weekend’s Round 16 match against the St George Illawarra Dragons.
“It was tough,” he said.
“There were a few demons out there today, but it was good to get out there and help the young boys as well.
“I’m just happy to be on the field with the team.”
The eldest of the four Mata’utia brothers at the Knights is building for an imminent return to the side, which will likely be against his former Club, the Dragons next weekend.
The 25-year-old hopes to take up his spot in the centres during this match and says he’s undaunted by the prospect of coming up against former teammates.
“I prefer (playing at) centre and it was a big reason why I decided to come here,” he said.
“It will be alright, I reckon it will just be the same as me playing my brothers when I was at St George.
“I still have a lot of good mates there and if I get picked I’ll be looking forward to the challenge.”