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Knights in the news: Ponga's call on possible halves move

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:

Ponga on possible halves move

There's been a lot of talk in recent weeks around Kalyn Ponga making a move into the halves.

Excelling in the role of fullback, speculation continues to swirl that the attacking ace could soon find himself wearing the No.6.

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But speaking on Channel 9 on Thursday night, Ponga has set the record straight.

"Browny has said to me 'if you want to play in the halves, just let me know' but the way that the Knights play at the moment and while I'm still learning, at the back is a good way to do that," Ponga said on the Thursday night Footy Show.

"I get to see the whole game and in attack I'm playing like a half anyway. Unless for some reason I want to make tackles, I'm happy at the back."


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Spine building

It's all about chemistry.

Having only played seven games together this season, time for Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga to develop their combination is crucial for the success of the nib Newcastle Knights.

Before Pearce tore his pec in Round 7, the duo had won four of their seven games.

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With Pearce back on the field but Ponga still at least another week away, a strong finish to the season is vital for a potential finals push and building for the future.

"Whether we make the top eight or not it's probably a bit mathematical," Pearce told AAP.

"But for us it's just about developing our standards and improving as a team, as well as building combinations with me, Kalyn and Connor [Watson].

"That's the biggest thing for the team right now."