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Brown on Origin: “The more players playing in that arena the better”

State of Origin isn’t far away.

The question remains, who from the Newcastle Knights will represent?

It’s something coach Nathan Brown has already considered. One or a bunch of his star players could be selected.

“Kalyn (Ponga) looks like he’s a lay down, Klem (David Klemmer) is a lay down,” said Brown.

“We’ve got Tim Glasby whose been in and out for the last few years and (Mitchell) Pearcy has been there for a while in the past.

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“Jesse (Ramien) is someone who’s been talked about.”

Not that Brown is suggesting who should get the nod.

“I’ve never been one to tell Brad Fittler who he should pick, and he shouldn’t be telling me who I should pick,” added Brown.

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Even if his captain is playing some of the best football of his career.

“He’s (Fittler) watched Pearcy play and I don’t think anyone would argue that Pearcy has been in the top couple of players in the competition in the past month,” Brown commented.

“The great thing that Origin coaches have is a huge amount of players to pick from.

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“They may decide to go with some players who are down in form to help them, or they can go with players in really good form.

“It’s also a difficult job because whatever way they go, they’ll be judged just like we get judged at club land.”

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Origin time, although an exciting time on the football calendar, it can be a blessing and a curse for some coaches.

In Brown’s case, he sees it as a plus for his men.

“The more players playing in that arena the better,” Brown explained.

“The better we play as a team and the more successful we are, certainly better for someone like Jesse who hasn’t been there.”