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Mann movement challenging but manageable

Hooker, five-eighth, fullback, centre or wing?

Kurt Mann is a jack of all trades but changing position is nothing foreign to the 26-year-old.  

“It’s something that I’ve done a fair bit over my career, is move around. Especially over the last few weeks, I don’t think I’ve played two games in a row where I’ve played the same position,” Mann said.

“It’s something that’s been a little bit challenging but something I’m capable of doing as well.”

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While Mann admits it’s tough to change roles week to week, it’s something he’s done throughout his entire career.

“Roles change a fair bit,” he said.

“The wing and the halves are two totally different positions and two totally different skill sets.

“I’ve done it before and I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to do it.”

In Mann changing positions, so too has the dynamic of the side.

And Mann isn’t the only player to move around with Connor Watson also filling several roles.

Watson started the year at fullback and now finds himself in the No.9, while Mann joined the club as a hooker and has played almost every role in between.

With Mason Lino back in the halves, some have criticised the changing of the spine but Mann said that’s not the team’s problem.

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“Everyone who plays in those positions are capable of doing that job and filling that role, so I don’t think that’s an excuse,” Mann said.

“Our problem is more of an effort-based thing.”

With the team needing to snap a run of losses in order to keep their finals dreams alive, the Knights will head to Bankwest Stadium this weekend with a win on the mind.

For Mann, he needs to get through training first.

Playing wing, Mann failed to finish last week’s game against Manly after suffering a knee injury while returning the ball but he is expected to be available to face the Eels.

“It’s not too bad,” he said of his knee.

“They think it’s a low grade medial. I’m going to do some rehab running and see how it pulls up from there.

“… I’ve done one before in my other knee, so I knew what I’d done straight away.”