Newcastle Knight Jake Mamo has turned to the positives following the side’s loss to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.
He believes the Knights made valuable ground as a team that will form a good foundation for the final four games of the season.
“It was positive the fact we were right in it, but once again it’s disappointing to lose and to get pipped there at the end,” he said.
“The last two weeks before this game we had taken a few backward steps, but on the weekend we went forward.
“I’m definitely taking the positives out of it and am feeling confident going into games each week so I think that’s a good thing.”
While the Knights still chase a win, Mamo maintains an optimistic attitude week in, week out and has confidence in the desire and determination the Knights' young players.
“I go out there every week planning to win, expecting to win and hoping to win, and as for the team I think everyone else does too,” he said.
“In the last month or so we have had some ups and downs but there have been a lot more positives then there had been negatives, so I think that’s good to take into the next four weeks.”
He also remains focused on bettering himself as he continues to learn the ropes at fullback
“I think I am learning and improving each week and that’s all I can ask for,” he said.
“I can’t expect to be a superstar overnight. I am happy with my improvement so hopefully I can keep that going.
“I do a lot of work with (assistant coach) Pottsy (Mick Potter) and he was a standout fullback in his time so he helps me out a lot. There are a lot of different aspects to playing fullback.”
Meanwhile, the side this week will see the return of Mitch Barnett who served a two-match suspension.
“He brings a lot enthusiasm and has a massive will to win, he never stops and tries hard and we need that,” he said.
“It will be good to have him back.”
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