A good combination doesn’t just rely on skills, it’s also about the connection.
Building a good relationship on and off the field can be vital to dynamic plays.
New recruit Edrick Lee agrees its what will take the nib Newcastle Knights deep into the 2019 season.
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Since his arrival, the tall winger has gradually been chipping away at building those connections.
With regular changes in the backline, the 26-year-old wants to make sure he’s someone any player can combine with.
So far, it’s been a seamless transition.
“It’s been a smooth process in finding out how they play,” said Lee.
“I’ve gained good relationships both on and off the field so whoever steps up and plays that centre role, I’m sure will do a good job.”
This season, Lee expects a partnership with Hymel Hunt on the left edge.
He’s also trialled alongside Sione Mata’utia.
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“No matter who steps in on that left edge we’ll be able to work together,” smiled Lee.
“I’ve got a good relationship with everyone which helps on the field.”
And one skill where he’ll need to call on those connections is his kick return.
“I sort of based my game last year on being that first runner,” he said.
“You can really change a game off kick return and I’ve been working with Connor (Watson) and Skidsey (Shaun Kenny-Dowall) but looking forward to round 1 to see how all the stuff at training works into the game. “
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Meanwhile, the luxury for the Knights this season is the depth in the squad.
Whether there’s injury, lack of form or just a change up, head coach Nathan Brown has an array of quality to pick from each week.
For the players that means a tougher time securing their spot in the 17.
But most relish the competition and have taken up the challenge.
“It’s a luxury to have the depth at the club,” Lee explained.