Felise eyes new contract having found home

JJ Felise joined the nib Newcastle Knights for an opportunity in the NRL and now he's hopeful of extending his stay.

Only signed until the end of the season, the forward made his Club debut last week.

He had a strong showing and hopeful of impressing enough to ink a new deal with the Club.

"I'd love to be here," Felise declared.

"The Club's in the re-building stage and I'd love to be a part of it.


"I can see where the Club is heading now. If I can be part of that, it would be really good and help my career."

According to Coach Nathan Brown, the prop played a limited stint against the Wests Tigers last week due to the lack of football he's played in recent weeks.

While his time of the field was brief, Brown was impressed by what he saw.

"He played a short stint," Brown said.

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"His short stint, he had a good impact. We'd like to use him with a little bit more time, but he hasn't been here long.

"He'd been 18th man once or twice and hadn't played a lot of footy but he contributed really well. Hopefully he'll get a bit more time this week and a bit more next week and make a good account of himself."

While Felise has limited time to push his case for a new deal, Brown will give him every opportunity to show what he is capable of.


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"We'll give him more time this week," Brown said.

"He's certainly a player who was showing some good signs at the Tigers early in his career

"Obviously Ivan brought in some good experienced blokes in Matulino and Packer so unfortunately he wasn't getting much time. He's at a new club now, new opportunity.

"He's come to us and sometimes these blokes, having a change of club seems to work well for them."