Todd Lowrie has welcomed back some serious punch for the Knights' Jersey Flegg clash with Cronulla this weekend.

Halfback Hayden Loughrey returns from injury after a stint in the Intrust Super Premiership to steer the ship at Henson Park.

"Haydo should be good," Lowrie said.

"He's been playing Cup the last few weeks and playing really well.

"Rory (Kostjasyn) was really happy with him in Cup, he's just given him a chance to come back and play for us for a little while.

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"He's the captain of our side. Its good to have him back. I'm sure he'll be a lot better for his time in ISP.

Loughrey will form a new halves partnership with emerging playmaker Phoenix Crossland with Tex Hoy selected for ISP.

Hoy made his debut in the reserve grade competition last week and was a shining light in their big win over the Bulldogs last week.


"Tex is another one who has been doing well," Lowrie said.

"Whether he's played fullback or five-eighth for us. He's getting an opportunity at the moment. It's good for our guys that they're doing well. They're able to get a chance at a higher grade."

While Lowrie is without Hoy, he does welcome Heath Gibbs back into the side after the centre returned from a stint at the Wests Tigers.

Gibbs was awarded the Under 20s Coach's award for the Knights last year and Lowrie hopes his time with the Tigers' senior squad will see him bring back some invaluable learnings.

"Heath had a fulltime pre-season at the Tigers," Lowrie said.

"He's been a part of our squad for the last couple of years.


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"He's been one of our strongest players over the last couple of years since he came up from SG Ball.

"I'm expecting him to do what I know he does best."

After a two-week break, Lowrie admits it's a unique preparation for Saturday's game against the Sharks.
With the opposition sitting in third, it's a good chance for his team to flex their muscles.

"It's a little bit different than normal purely because we've had two weeks off," he explained.

"Having a couple of weeks off can sometimes feel like a couple of months.

"It feels like ages since our last game. The most important thing for us after the break is making sure we do what we do well.

"You have to make sure you get the little things right.

"We'll do a little on the Sharks but probably not as much as normal."