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In the News: Gidley praise, Maori call-up, Gun to watch

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.

Klemmer: Nines fallout and Dragons trial

O'Brien praises Gidley's magic Nines performance

He was the name on the lips of almost every fan on either side of the country last weekend.

Kurt Gidley returned to rugby league at the age of 37, with the Knights great failing to miss a beat at the NRL Nines in Perth.

While he won't be making a magical return to the 13-a-side game, Gidley has earned even more admirers, none bigger than Adam O'Brien.

"Gids was unbelievable and is a real symbol of what we want to be as a football club week in and week out," O'Brien told Newcastle Herald scribe Barry Toohey.

"It's get out there and compete hard and give it your absolute best every time and that's what he did for us.

"His leadership, the way he spoke to the boys, the passion for the jersey - it was really clear right from the start."

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Pasami Saulo earns All-Stars call up

Speechless Saulo earns All-Stars call up

He's a young prop with just six games of NRL experience, however Pasami Saulo is about to become a senior representative player.

Saulo is coming off a strong showing at the NRL Nines in Perth, which is where he received the phone call to confirm his inclusion in the Maori All-Stars side.

Head Coach Adam O'Brien, who has a high opinion of the 21-year-old, confirmed his entry when quizzed by the Newcastle Herald.

"I was really happy with Pasami and he's got himself a start in the Maoris All-Stars team so he'll be playing in that game which will be a big thrill for him," O'Brien said.

"I thought he really stood up for us and both he and Jirah didn't look out of place at all."

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Tex Hoy recognised after massive Nines tournament

While he was omitted from the Team of the Tournament, there is no doubt Tex Hoy announced his arrival at the NRL Nines in Perth.

Hoy was the Knights top try scorer at the tournament (with three), including a stunning bonus zone try against the Eels where he went the length of the field.

The 20-year-old's efforts did not go unnoticed by Fox Sports journalist John Dean, who named him alongside the likes of Luke Metcalf (Manly) and Cody Ramsey (St George Illawarra) as the six young players who made the tournament their own.

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