Bye comes at right time for Brown's boys

The bye comes at a good time.

Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown thinks so.

“We’ve been on the road, went to Auckland came back, went to Brisbane came back, went to Mudgee and playing Roosters on the short turnaround,” said Brown.

“We’ve done a lot of travelling lately and we’ve got more travelling coming up.

“Our next two games are on the road, we’re off to Sydney and Melbourne.

“A bit of a break for the guys to freshen up mentally is great.”

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Like all sides, there’s a few players nursing some bumps and bruises.

Connor Watson and Edrick Lee are battling through foot problems.

Captain Mitchell Pearce is suffering a groin issue.

But while Danny Levi’s ankle injury is expected to keep him sidelined for a period, others will use the rest wisely before they play the South Sydney Rabbitohs in two weeks’ time.

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 “For those blokes to freshen up and get somewhere back to 100 per cent fitness,” maintained Brown.

“The more fit players you’ve got who can train consistently, it helps the way we are playing.”