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Lino keen to learn off Pearce

New recruit Mason Lino says he's excited about the prospect of lining up alongside nib Newcastle Knights skipper Mitchell Pearce.

Having spent several seasons under the learning tree of Shaun Johnson, the playmaker has moved to the Knights in search of a fresh start. 

The 24-year-old played 17 games for the Warriors after making his debut for the club in 2015 and has joined the Knights for a shot at more consistent NRL game time.


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Lino, who signed a two-year contract with the Knights, said he's already learnt a lot off Pearce who only returned to training this week.

"With Pearce, the way he can manipulate the defence, with the way he takes the line on and stuff is something I can take off him and I can learn a bit," Lino said.

"I think you guys know what Shauny's like on the field he's a freak.

"He's running game is second to none, I haven't seen anyone run like Shauny yet.

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"With Mitchell Pearce here and just with training with him the last couple of days, I've taken a few tips off him on how I can improve my game."


With the likes of Connor Watson, Kalyn Ponga and Pearce in the team, Lino knows it's going to be a test to break into the main squad.

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But the young half-back is ready for the challenge.

"Hopefully we can try and lift each others game," Lino added.

"There's a lot of belief in the club and around the staff that we can hopefully change things around.

"I'm not to sure where I'll fit in yet, but we'll see how we go."