Brendan Elliot is looking forward to wearing the number one jersey when the nib Newcastle Knights tackle the Gold Coast Titans at McDonald Jones Stadium this Saturday.
The 23-year-old will replace injured fullback Dylan Phythian, after he suffered a season ending ACL injury against the New Zealand Warriors last weekend.
While Elliott has spent most of his time on the wing for the Knights, he has no doubts in his ability to do the role justice.
“I’ve done a lot of work at fullback, closely with Phyth (Dylan Phythian) in the pre-season and last week as a fullback, so I’m quite confident and ready to go out there on Saturday,” he said.
“I played all my juniors at fullback.”
Elliot admits he was disappointed to miss out on his chance to play in NRL’s Round 1, but said he will now relish the opportunity.
“There is a lot more competition here this year which is awesome for the team, even though I was disappointed for myself, I was happy for the boys to run out there and do their best,” he said.
“I’m gutted for Phyth (Dylan Phythian) but while he’s out, I’m going to take my opportunity and play to the best of my ability.”
He’s also keen to impress some of the Club legends that will be on hand as the Knights kick off their 30th year at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.
17 of the Club’s most capped players will make an appearance at their Sacred Ground including the likes of Danny Buderus, Paul Harragon and Steve Simpson.
“It’s not only exciting for us, it’s exciting for the town…. we’re all looking forward to it and they’re presenting the jerseys so everybody can’t wait for it,” Elliot said.
Elliot is also eager to play in front of a supportive home crowd against the Titans.
“The biggest thing I noticed moving up here last year was the home ground crowds, they’re unbelievable week in, week out,” Elliot explained.
“I can’t thank them enough and I’m really looking forward to it.”
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