The thing Nathan Ross loves most about Newcastle is the positive vibe.

The nib Newcastle Knights charismatic winger is accustomed to the Novocastrian way and despite last week’s loss to the Penrith Panthers, he knows his town will continue to get behind the red and blue.

“This town has been built on hard workers and I almost feel as if it’s engrained in me,” Ross commented.

“Now to have the opportunity to represent these fans and this team is what motivates me week in and week out.

“The fans have been patient enough, I think it’s time for action from our playing group to be perfectly honest.

“We are going to take it as a positive learning curve and come back this weekend and show that we are a lot different team from where we were in previous years.”

The 28-year-old admits there is also a bit of added motivation when they take on reigning premiers the Cronulla Sharks on Saturday.

“It’s not just another game for us, it’s Sione Mata’utia’s 50th game,” added Ross.

The Knights winger admits last year the Knights had a tough time against the Sharks but this year they’re a whole new team.

“These are the games that you have to turn it around in and send a message to the whole comp,” Ross said.

“We are not just here to make up the numbers and it’s a good opportunity for us to put a notch in the belt for motivation for matches to come.

“If we can get a win over the premiers from last year it will go huge ways for us in the future.”

See the Knights take on last year’s premiers at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Saturday, kick-off is at 3pm.