Barnett: “We’ve got no excuses”

Mitch Barnett has all the motivation he needs to play finals football.

Still a mathematical chance of making the top eighth, Barnett believes the team owes the fans a blistering finish to the season.

“Our fans have been through a lot and we owe them the wins. We’ve got the cattle here to produce that so that’s all the motivation we should need,” Barnett said.

“We’ve got no excuses.”

The nib Newcastle Knights return to McDonald Jones Stadium this Saturday for the first time in over three weeks, where they’ll be hoping to improve on their 40 percent win record at the venue so far this season.

Barnett praised the fan’s support and patience, despite the recent run of disappointing results.

“We’ve got the most loyal base of fans I’ve ever seen, especially seeming they’ve probably endured the most,” he said.

“I’m 100% sure they’ll turn out again this week, like they have all year and like they have in previous years when they’ve had no real reason to.

“I’m confident in that, and thankful for that, and can’t wait for this weekend.”

Coming off the back of six straight losses, the 25-year-old remains optimistic about the Knights’ chances of playing in September.

“We’re still alive, a mathematical chance I think. We should play for a bit of pride as well,” he said.

“If we can put the effort in every week and give ourselves the best chance to win every week, we’ll get ourselves there.

“If we can put that in consistently for the rest of the year than hopefully, we’ll get a few results go our way.”