Newcastle Knight Nathan Ross is feeling fit and ready for Saturday’s match against the Gold Coast Titans at Hunter Stadium.
Ross sat out last weekend's match against the Penrith Panthers due to injury and has since passed a fitness test clearing him to play this weekend.
“My body is holding up not too bad and coming into the last three games I'm feeling pretty good so I’m wishing the season was a bit longer,” he said.
“I did some fitness running at the start of the week and got through it quite easily."
Ross explained what was originally thought to be a hamstring strain was actually caused by a bulging disk on his nerve.
“It has settled now, so I’m back bigger and better than ever,' he said.
Although there has been plenty of talk about the Titans' new recruit Jarryd Hayne, Ross says he’s wary of the team’s strike power across the park.
“Ash Taylor (halfback) has been doing pretty well for a young half and has carried the team, (especially) for a guy coming from the U20s and getting them around the park,” he said.
“Zeb Taia (second row) has come back and is returning to Newcastle for the first time. He has been phenomenal since coming back to the NRL from Catalans (English Super League).
“They also have Konrad Hurrell who will be a handful and David Mead at the back.
“They have threats all across the park.”
It’s a three game fixture at Hunter Stadium on Saturday with the NYC Knights kicking of at 10.40am, Reserve Grade at 12.40pm and the NRL Match at 3pm. Don’t miss any of the action, buy your match tickets now.