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.
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PEARCE’S PLAN FOR CAPTAIN’S CHALLENGE
It’s the new rule which is set to revolutionise the game, and the one nib Newcastle Knights captain Mitchell Pearce is hoping to master in the as soon as possible in 2020.
Pearce admitted in a long interview with Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast he’s already had discussions with Coaches’ and teammates about the new system, which would allow captains to challenge a referee’s decision within ten seconds of it being made.
Pearce admitted he’s hoping to be ahead of the curve in mastering the new rule.
“Me and Ads (Head Coach Adam O’Brien) have been talking about it in bits and pieces,” Pearce said.
“It’s definitely something we want to be one of the better sides at, that’s for sure.
“It’s only going to benefit our team.”
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GLASBY PRIMED FOR WARRIORS BATTLE
The kick-off to the season is now just days away, and Tim Glasby knows more than most what to look for in a successful side.
Having won a competition with Melbourne in 2017 and played a number of Origin matches, Glasby knows what it takes for teams to bring home silverware.
The 30-year-old is confident the Knights are in a far better place to push into the finals in 2020, and admitted to the Newcastle Herald’s Robert Dillon he believes his side can make a statement of intent against the Warriors.
"I think we're ready to go in round one," Glasby said.
"We've had three of four months to train it. We've had a couple of [trial] games to play it.
"At the end of the day, early games in the season can be a bit scratchy, in terms of the attack or the shape you're throwing at teams, but the one thing we've worked on more than anything is our defence and our resilience.
"You'd expect that can come up pretty quickly, so I've got full confidence that we can get out and do a good job."
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BRAILEY NOT PHASED BY EXPECTATIONS
He’s filling a jersey worn by one of the best hookers of all time.
He’s also the biggest name to be recruited into the Knights jersey this season, however Jayden Brailey isn’t fazed by the extra expectation.
If anything, he’s embraced it.
In a wide-ranging article penned by NRL.com scribe Brett Keeble, Brailey admitted he’s embracing the challenge of representing the Knights.
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“I guess I’ve played about 70 games now and obviously got a little bit of experience, and I want to bring that here and I want people to see the value I bring to the Knights football side,” Brailey said.
“I believe I’ve got a lot of good things to my game that I can bring to the boys … so there probably is a little bit of expectation but that’s part and parcel of the game, and it’s probably something I’ve gotten used to.”