‘He’s obviously a brilliant player and makes your job easier’

Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga. It's music to the ears of nib Newcastle Knights supporters.

The duo is back together for the first time since Round 7.

Their last outing was when Pearce tore his pectoral and more recently Ponga has been sidelined with a hamstring issue.

This week, the pair have been named to face North Queensland on Friday and it's not just the fans who are excited.

Pearce is itching to get back together with the live-wire.


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"I'm really excited. It was awesome fun playing with Kalyn at the start of the year," Pearce said.

"He's obviously a brilliant player and makes your job easier as a halfback.

"I'm really excited for getting back and hopefully, getting some combinations going.

"So hopefully, he plays but if he doesn't, he'll be there the week after."

Ponga injured his ankle at training on Tuesday.


The fullback limped from the field and did not return, although he was seen around Knights headquarters with his foot strapped up and walking comfortably.

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While he hasn't trained this week, he's expected to be fit to play on Friday.


Should something go wrong, Pearce is confident the Club has the troops to cover for their loss.

Both Jack Cogger and Nick Meaney will travel with the team and enter the fold if needed.

"If they don't play, I'm sure there are other guys that are going to fill that role," Pearce said.

"We'll attack the game the same way as we were going to in the first place."

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