Wardle relishing centre switch
Englishman Joe Wardle admits it doesn’t matter where he is playing for the nib Newcastle Knights, as long as he’s playing football.
With Dane Gagai switching to number one, the 25-year-old made a move from the forwards to the centres in the win against the Canberra Raiders on the weekend.
“I had a pretty specific job to do on the weekend, so as long as I’m helping the team out, I'm happy,” Wardle said.
“I knew about the change pretty early so I got a few practices in, everything felt comfy and I got a good little combo going with people.
“Centre was where I started out so that’s just the position I’m more comfortable in, but I’ll play anywhere and I’ll defend anywhere.”
Wardle stated that to get more wins on the board the team must play the full 80-minutes of football.
“I think too many times this year we have competed for 20 minutes, slacked off for a good while and then tried to come back into the game."
The new Knights centre said the team will have to redeem themselves against the Penrith Panthers, following their Round 4 drubbing.
“We had a lot of trouble against them so hopefully we can fix a few things up from when we last played them,” said Wardle.
“The win last week doesn’t matter; we need to keep the ball rolling and get the points on the board again.”
Wardle admits the Panthers have a great attacking system.
“They are a great side, they’ve got (Matt) Moylan, (Dallin) Watene-Zelezniak on the wing so I am sure (Nathan) Browny will have a good game plan,” he said.