Where Mata'utia fits when Ramien and Lee join in 2019

It's a question Sione Mata'utia can't answer just yet.

Where will he line-up when new recruits Jesse Ramien and Edrick Lee join the nib Newcastle Knights in 2019?

Such is his versatility, the former Australian international could slot into almost any position.

While currently playing right centre, he's previously played wing, fullback and backrow.

With the Knights bringing young gun Ramien into the centres next season and Lee onto the wing, competition for positions will be at a premium.

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Tautau Moga is poised to return from an ACL injury early next year, while Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Nathan Ross can play either centre or wing.

Healthy competition is something the 85 gamer has welcomed.

"It's always good," Mata'utia said.


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"It will be healthy for the playing group and the club itself.

"Young Jesse Ramien has showed that he's a quality player who can play first grade, week in, week out.

"I know him personally. He's a good bloke and he'll be good to have at our club.

"It's going to be interesting to see what turns out next year ... but obviously we've still got a couple of games to go and we'll worry about that when the time comes."

In the short-term, Mata'utia isn't letting next year become a distraction.


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Mata'utia, who has missed only one game this season due to a fractured eye socket, knows he may need to move positions but he doesn't mind where he lines up, as long as he's doing his part of the team.

"I've had a little chat to Browny about playing second-row or centre, but looking at the team now, you probably don't want to move our back-rowers, in Fitzy and Mitch Barnett," Mata'utia said.

"They're playing some good footy.

"Look, that's going happen in the pre-season. It's going to be a tough struggle for whoever is going to play there, but where I play won't matter as long as I play some footy ...

"As long as the best players are playing, I'll be happy with that."