Knights in the news: Fight for forward pack, Lee making his mark

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

Preparing for another big trial game, the nib Newcastle Knights attracted 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:

FORWARD THINKING

Round 1 is looming and Nathan Brown has many hard decisions on his mind.

The nib Newcastle Knights head coach will soon have to pick his starting 13 and not surprisingly the most difficult has to be, who will make up his forward pack.

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The arrival of State of Origin greats Tim Glasby and David Klemmer and the raw talent of James Gavet set to make it even harder to see time in the middle.

Brown told the ABC, it’s a contentious spot for coaching staff.

“There’s going to be a couple of guys miss out,” he explained.

“That’s a good spot to be in from the clubs and coaches point of view, but disappointing for one or two players.”

While the latest trial against the Dragons gave Brown some indication of what’s to come, the Maitland trial this weekend will set a clearer picture.

“Performances will certainly play a part in what lines up against Cronulla in round 1,” Brown told the ABC.

“In the forwards (Dragons trial) some blokes certainly put their hand up above others.”

 

CONFIDENCE IN EDDY

Knights winger Edrick Lee is looking right at home in the red and blue.

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The talented outside back is boasting plenty of size and height and comes with a wealth of experience in finding the try line.

Brown told the ABC, everyone has got confidence Lee will be a force out wide.

"He’s got a good game," said Brown.

“He had a terrific year for Cronulla last year and two years ago he had a great year with Canberra, who were 10 minutes from the grand final.

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“He’s 25, 26 now so he’s at that really mature type of age for an athlete and I felt he was in our top handful of players at the trial.”

Brown is hopeful Lee will be a leader to take the new look Knights team in the right direction for 2019.