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Knights come together for a cause close to Blake Green's heart

The nib Newcastle Knights squad were seen sporting bright socks yesterday to celebrate and raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day.

Blake Green's niece Marlie attended training wearing her bright socks as part of the #LotsOfSocks campaign - this year's theme for World Down Syndrome Day.

WDSD will be on this Sunday, March 21 and is a global awareness day aimed at creating discussions while the campaign encourages people to don their bright socks.

It's a cause that holds a special place in Blake Green's family.

"My little niece Marlie, she's here and she has Down Syndrome. She's such a beautiful little girl and she's such a special part of our family who just lights up our life," Green said.

"She's so excited and (was) really pumped up to see the boys in colourful socks.

"It's about promoting discussions about accepting our differences.

"I think it's important she's afforded the same opportunities as everyone else, whether that's education or the workplace or in general."

Big Moments in High Vis

The squad got to meet Marlie who was also wearing her Knights jersey.

The day also marked Green's return to training as he aims to make a full recovery from a long-term injury.

The experienced playmaker hasn't featured in the side since suffering an ACL injury in last year's Round 15 victory against the Cowboys.

"Recovery is going really well, I'm back into full training now," Green said.

"I'm hoping it all goes smooth for me over the next few weeks.

"This is my last box to tick, fingers crossed I can only be a few weeks away."