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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:


Could Daniel Saifiti be destined to wear the green and gold?

That's what club legend Andrew Johns reportedly believes.

Saifiti: The difference Pearce makes

"Andrew Johns said at the end of this game that Daniel Saifiti, the young front rower, will play for Australia," Peter Sterling said on the Sunday Footy Show.

"That's how much of a wrap he's got on this young man."

Saifiti was part of the NSW Origin pathways group selected earlier this year.

This was where Brad Fittler first met the forward.


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The Blues coach has been impressed by the youngster's development, adding; "Last year there were games where they (the Knights) couldn't win a game and he (Saifiti) was just taking on forward packs.

"He's been out for a couple of weeks, but he was outstanding. He took that role on again."

Darren Lockyer declared Saifiti reminds him of 'a more mobile version of (Andrew) Fifita'.


It was a successful return to the field for Mitchell Pearce last weekend with the No.7 saddling up alongside Connor Watson.

While Pearce was sidelined, Watson has been a shining light for the Knights.

Speaking to ABC Grandstand, Pearce couldn't speak highly enough of his teammates dedication to improving his game.

"I absolutely love Connor," Pearce said.

"He's one of those guys, it was the same at the Roosters, you just want him in your team.

"He's all energy and effort.

"Browny has helped Connor a lot this year with his ball playing. He's a natural runner as everyone can see. Browny is educating him a bit. His improvements every week have been huge.

"He's going to be a real plus for us over the next couple of years."


It's been a while, but we haven't forgot the lyrics

Nick Meaney has declared he's ready to suit up again this week if Kalyn Ponga isn't ready to return from injury.

Last week the fullback slotted in for Ponga who is sidelined with a hamstring issue.

It was a strong NRL debut and now he's ready to go again.

"If Kalyn is back, that's fine, I'll go back to Cup but if not, I'll make sure I'm ready to go again," Meaney told the Newcastle Herald.

Running for 109 meters and making two tackle breaks, Meaney was rock solid in the Knights' win over the Eels on Friday.

With Ponga not cleared to return against the Gold Coast on Saturday, Meaney could find himself in the No.1 yet again.

"Kalyn is desperate to play but he hasn't quite got through the sort of volume of work he needed to late last week and he is obviously too important to risk," Brown said.

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