Young five-eighth Jack Cogger will return to the NRL this weekend, when the Newcastle Knights take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.
Cogger made good ground on the NRL stage after kick starting his first grade career in Round 10 following an injury to veteran Jarrod Mullen.
“I said at he start of the year, I didn’t think I’d play first grade, so to be called back up, in what will be my sixth game, I’m really excited,” he said this week.
After Mullen re-injured his hamstring in the Round 20 match against the Cronulla Sharks, Cogger will be back alongside experienced halfback, Trent Hodkinson.
“I will slot in there in the number six. I probably don’t bring the same skills as Mullo (Mullen) but will hopefully bring my own skill set,” he added.
Knowing full well what to expect from the NRL’s intensity, he feels prepared for a side that aims to continue its trajectory towards the top eight.
“There’s no excuses now I have played a couple of games. I know what to expect and can’t wait to get into come Saturday,” he said.
“Every game of football is going to be hard, especially in first grade. I hope to handle things a bit better but every game is going to be a hard one.”