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SKD notches 50-straight with 300 club in sight

Shaun Kenny-Dowall has played 49 straight games for the nib Newcastle Knights.

Saturday’s match against Parramatta will make his 50th for the club.

Durability is an incredible characteristic and one Kenny-Dowall is exceptionally proud of.

Since arriving at the Knights in Round 20 of the 2017, the 31-year-old has played in every Club match since with this weekend marking a special milestone in his career.

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“Time flies when you’re having fun, but it’s been a great 50 games, obviously very grateful to the club and very honoured to play 50 games at such a wonderful club,” Kenny-Dowall said.

“I’ve been pretty fortunate, haven’t had any injuries in my time here, it’s been a good run.

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“It’s been a breath of fresh air coming up here, and I do really owe the club a lot to get my life back on track, I think I’ve really grown as a person, as a leader and even a rugby league player, and very grateful for that opportunity.

“I think we have come a long way. We are very proud of this club and very proud of the culture and what we stand for.”

Since arriving midway through the 2017 season from the Sydney Roosters, Kenny-Dowall has scored 17 tries to help re-build the club after three consecutive wooden spoons.

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The winger’s career spans over an amazing 12 years, scoring 140 tries along the way to be the second-highest try-scorer in Roosters history.

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The Kiwi international has had many ups and downs throughout his 275-game career but is nearing another remarkable milestone that would be a just reward for his hard work.

“Anyone that plays 300 games, it’s a huge honour to be part of that prestigious club and its well within my sights, and I would be lying if I said I haven’t thought about being a part of that club,” Kenny-Dowall said.

With the side preparing for a must-win encounter against the Eels, the season will be on the line as the Knights seek a top-eight spot for the first time since 2013.

First, the Knights must turn the tide and snap a five-game losing streak.

“(It) hasn’t got the consistency that we’ve wanted in the season, but we have pulled ourselves out of a losing streak before, very confident we can do it again,” Kenny-Dowall continued.

“We played really well against Parramatta, we seemed to turn our season around against them last time, and I think we can take a lot of confidence from that.

“It’ll be very nice to celebrate 50 with a win.”