Knights in the news: Saifiti injury blessing in disguise

There's been no shortage of interest in our boys this week.

The nib Newcastle Knights attract 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:

THROUGH THE PAIN, SAIFITI SEES THE LIGHT

Two surgeries and six months of recovery later, nib Newcastle Knights forward Jacob Saifiti is finally back on the training paddock.

The monstering prop missed the majority of the 2018 season due to a fractured shoulder blade he sustained against the Titans back in May.

Saifiti had initial surgery on his left shoulder but required a second surgery at the start of the off-season to repair a stretched nerve.


HOW NEW RECRUIT BECAME THE 'GERM' 

Despite the agonising pain, the 22-year-old saw a silver lining in the injury.

"When I hurt my shoulder, it was probably the best thing to happen to me," Saifiti told the Newcastle Herald.

"Up until then I was bit naïve. I just assumed everything was going to happen.

"I had a decent 2017 and I had a good World Cup campaign with Fiji, and I just thought everything was going to fall into place."


Having made his debut in 2016 as a 19-year-old, Saifiti has already played 47 games for the Knights and seven Tests for Fiji.

LINO KEEN TO LEARN OFF PEARCE

Saifiti was unhappy with his form to start the season but the time on the sideline was a real eye-opener for the young forward.

But since returning to training, Saifiti has a renewed focus and determined to make 2019 a winner.

"To be realistic, I played eight games last season and I haven't played since May, so I'm behind the eight-ball as it is," Saifiti added.

"Having an injury-free season is my main priority.

"It's all about getting my body right so that when the season starts, I'm in the picture."