There's been no shortage of interest in our boys this week.

Preparing for another big game, the nib Newcastle Knights attracted plenty of media attention and we've pulled together the best of it in case you missed any of the news.

Here's what our boys got up to this week:

THE NEW MR FIX IT


Nathan Ross has been named in jersey No.14 for Friday's clash with Parramatta as the livewire is given a new mission.

While he's spent the majority of his career on the wing or in the centres, Ross will reportedly play a roving role against the Eels.

"We'll see how the game pans out as far as where and when we will use him but he is pretty versatile Rossy," Knights coach Nathan Brown told the Newcastle Herald.

"He'd probably put his hand up to play just about anywhere so we'll see how he goes.

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"I wanted to show some faith in young Cory [Denniss] in the centres and with Rossy on the bench, he gives us some injury cover out wide.

"But he could also come on and play a bit of a middle forward role or backrow if need be and give us an injection of enthusiasm in much the same way Mary [coach Paul McGregor] is using Jason Nightingale off the bench at the Dragons."

PEARCE ON 360


Our documentary on Mitchell Pearce's return to the field was highlighted by Fox Sports' NRL360 program.

Host Ben Ikin loved the concept of documenting the No.7's return and asked the panel if NRL clubs should look to replicate the idea. 

"The concept of letting cameras into your personal life the way Mitchell Pearce did," Ikin started.

"Do you like the idea that fans can get a peek behind the curtains about some of the real pain and low points you go through?"

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Guest and veteran Cronulla backrower Luke Lewis didn't hesitate in saying; "absolutely.

"It's good fans get to see that rugby league isn't all roses. You've got to go through a lot of hard stuff to enjoy the good times. Doing something like that (documentary) is outstanding.

Ikin's co-host, Paul Kent, took it even further, declaring it's; "vital for the future of the game that we see things like this."

If you haven't seen the documentary, take a look in the video above!

FORGING HIS OWN PATH


Herman Ese'ese opened up to the Newcastle Herald about his decision to leave Brisbane for the Knights and get out of his comfort zone.

The forward's decision wasn't motivated by money and despite Wayne Bennett fighting keep Ese'ese at the Broncos, the New Zealand international wanted to forge his own path.

"Players like Sam Thaiday, Josh McGuire, Matt Gillett and Adam Blair, they were all really good for me and I took away a lot from them," Ese'ese said.


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"But I didn't want to just cruise along in a really strong pack. That's why I decided I wanted to leave. I thought I needed the challenge.

"I didn't want to just follow in their footsteps. I wanted to go somewhere else and create my own path.

"Create a bit of a legacy of my own and I knew Newcastle had a lot of potential in their young forward pack. I just thought it was a place where I could come and help create something really special."

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