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In the News: Gidley returns, Pearce eyes 300, Watson's new role

There’s been no shortage of interest in our boys this week.

The nib Newcastle Knights attracted plenty of media attention and we’ve pulled together some of it in case you missed it.

Kurt Gidley returns for NRL Nines

It's been nearly six years since he last laced the boots on, but Kurt Gidley will once again don the red and blue jersey for the Perth Nines.

The 37-year-old decided to come out of retirement for the competition after making a gentlemen's agreement with Bulldogs great Andrew Ryan, and will join a host of retired stars at the competition.

Gidley marked his return with an interview with 2GB's Continuous Call Team, where he reflected on why he decided to return for one last hurrah.

"It's a bit of fun to be back around the training grounds at the Knights," Gidley said.

"To be around a couple of players I played with, a couple I played against and a few of the younger guys I was only meeting for the first time.

"When Adam asked me to be a part of the Nines tournament, it was a hard one to knock back."

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Pearce eyes 300

It's a milestone few reach, especially at Pearce's age.

However, should he stay injury free, Mitchell Pearce will become the second youngest player ever to cross 300 NRL appearances in round 25 of this season, and he has no plans of stopping there.

In a wide-ranging interview with Phil 'Buzz' Rothfield from the Daily Telegraph, Pearce opened up on his goal to follow Cameron Smith through the 400 game barrier.

“It’s a long way away, but I have thought about it,” Pearce admits.

“Cameron is the greatest player of all time. If my body goes and I’m letting my team mates down I’ll stop, but at the moment I’m fresh and rejuvenated.”

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Watson opens up on new 2020 role

He's a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.

However, that might all be about to change, with Adam O'Brien's plans for Connor Watson in 2020.

Watson indulged in those plans in an interview on Sky Sports Radio's Big Sports Breakfast, explaining what role he believes he'll play this season.

"I've been training all over the shop to be honest," Watson said.

"A bit of 13, which has been interesting. It's sort of like playing a hybrid role. Support like a fullback, ball play like a five-eighth.

"Then also runnings a strength of mine, so I've got that carry there where I can carry like a lock."

Listen to the full interview!