With the devastating injury to nib Newcastle Knights centre Tautau Moga last week, Ken Sio will get his chance this Saturday.
He's set to play his first NRL match for the 2018 season against the Brisbane Bronco at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Nathan Ross will move to left centre beside Sio, as the pair will get a rare opportunity to combine in a match.
Although the duo hasn’t played a lot of game time on the same side, Sio isn’t too phased, confident in their time spent at pre-season training.
“We’ve had a few training sessions together, our communication is good, so we know we’ve got a task in front of us tomorrow night and hopefully we do well and our best,” Sio added.
“With Rossy, he’s easy to get along with, he’s a loud person at training and I think that’s what pre-season is there for.
“We got to work with different centres, wingers and combinations to learn how each other plays, know our strengths and weaknesses and work together with it.
“You never know in the game we might swap and look after each other.”
After he made 21 NRL appearances for the red and blues last year, Sio has been playing his 2018 season in Reserve Grade so far after a host of new recruits came into the Club.
He said he can't wait to play first grade again this week.
“I'm excited to help out the boys and do my job,” Sio stated.
“It’s been a tough ride in the pre-season and obviously the season didn’t start the way I wanted it to, but still got to keep the head down and keep working hard and eventually my time came, so I'm excited to take my opportunity.
“You can either take it as a positive or take it as a negative but all the boys that went back to Reserve Grade took it as a positive and we just kept working hard to get back to grade.
“I’m ready to go for my first game back this year and can’t wait.”
The winger expects there to be a lot of traffic coming his way on Saturday.
“100 per cent, with (James) Roberts and Jamayne (Isaako) there as well, they’ve got a big pack and they’ll be looking to move the ball to Roberts and use what he’s got and his speed as well,” explained Sio.
“Nathan Brown just wants us to do our job because we haven’t really been up to scratch from Round 1 and 2, so I think it’s about going back to the drawing board and keep working hard as we do.”
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