Newcastle Knight Chris Adams made a proud return to the NRL on Sunday at Hunter Stadium.
Adams played three NRL matches with the Knights in 2012 before a four-year hiatus, which saw him excel in the local Newcastle competition.
He played 19 minutes at hooker off the bench in a tough match against the Melbourne Storm, which resulted in a narrow loss for the Knights.
“I found it really good. When I first got out there I was trying to find my feet, but when I did, I felt comfortable out there,” he told Knights TV in the sheds after the game.
“They were strong, especially in defence. They don’t get out of their comfort zone and play pretty good footy.”
The 29-year-old was given prior indication he was likely to make an appearance, so spent the week ensuring he was ready for the challenge.
“I knew I was going to play this week and had to prepare all week and just had to get in the right mindset,” he said.
“It was just constant and the fact they keep coming at you was different to NSW Cup and the local league.”
While only a new addition to the playing squad, he detected a lift in energy and performance from the home side.
“I think the boys just came together really well,” he said.
“I’ve only been here for three weeks but that what I’ve noticed being here.
“I’m looking forward to the few weeks ahead where we get a bit closer and closer together.”
He believes the side benefitted from the experience and guidance of veteran Jarrod Mullen who played his first match back since injury.
“Jarrod brings a lot of confidence, especially with is ball skills and how he can move with the ball as well,” Adams said.
“It’s great that he’s back and all the boys are pretty happy too.”
After getting another taste of first grade football, he now hopes to become a regular inclusion in the Knights line-up.
“I hope to get more minutes in the next few weeks and see how we go,” he concluded.