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Name - NRL Rd 11 Knights v Panthers
Location - McDonald Jones Stadium
Date - Sunday 21 May 2017
Image - Shane Myers ©NRL Photos 2017

nib Newcastle Knights utility Tyler Randell says it’s good to be back playing first grade and is hopeful of retaining his spot this Friday against the Melbourne Storm.

While the initial 21-man squad isn't named until 4pm on Tuesday afternoon, Randell is hopeful after two consistent performances from the bench.

“Hopefully I can keep my spot in the team this weekend,” he said.

“If I can keep playing well and training well, it takes care of itself.”

The 24-year-old has been playing Reserve Grade for most of the season, but got the NRL call up for Round 10 to help the Knights secure their second win for the season against the Canberra Raiders at home.

Randell also came off the bench to replace Danny Levi at hooker against the Penrith Panthers in Round 11.

“Everyone wants to play first grade so playing Reserve Grade was a little bit frustrating... but you can’t get negative about it,” Randell explained.

“I just kept doing what I was doing and in the last couple of weeks I was picked for first grade.

“A few players have come to the Club which is rugby league, things change and the coaches have different plans which you can’t control.

“You can’t let it bother you and you just need to keep doing your best and you’ll be right.”

The Knights junior says the break with the bye round has allowed everyone to rejuvenate.

“It was good getting away from footy for a couple of days,” commented Randell.

“It refreshes you and everyone hit the ground running on Monday so it was good to have the few days off and get stuck into this week.”

It will be a busy week for the red and blues as they fly to Melbourne on Thursday to take on the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Friday night.

While they may be at the top of the ladder, previous match-ups against the Storm have been tight and Randell believes this is the best time to take advantage.

“Melbourne have been one of the top teams for a number of years now and it’s probably a good time for us to play them with Origin on Wednesday night,” he said.

“Hopefully they give a few of their players a rest.”