Coach Nathan Brown has trimmed his Round 18 NRL team ahead of Friday's NRL match against Parramatta at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Forward Luke Yates and halfback Jack Cogger drop from the extended bench.

Brown will confirm his final 17 one hour before kick-off.

TEAM

1. Nick Meaney
2. Ken Sio
3. Sione Mata'utia
4. Cory Denniss
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6. Connor Watson
7. Mitchell Pearce ©
8. Josh King
9. Danny Levi
10. Daniel Saifiti
11. Aidan Guerra
12. Mitch Barnett
13. Herman Ese'ese

14. Nathan Ross
15. Chris Heighington
16. Jamie Buhrer ©
17. Jacob Lillyman

19. Sam Stone
21. JJ Felise

Friday, July 13 – Round 18

Newcastle Knights v Parramatta Eels
Kick-off: 7.55pm
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium