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Effort and enthusiasm: Jones fast becoming fan favourite

Whatever challenge is dished up, just get it done.

That is how the newly re-signed Brodie Jones plays his football and approaches life.

It’s a trait which has led Jones to become a member’s favourite and a reliable player amongst the team.

The 23-year-old has earned a new two-year contract with the Newcastle Knights after a string of whole-hearted and impressive games this season.

Jones said he’s elated to have secured his future with the Club.

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“I’m very happy to have resigned for the club,” Jones said.

“I love this Club and this is where I want to be.”

The former Cessnock Goanna has put in the hard yards to fight his way into contention and become an integral part of Adam O’Brien’s team.

Jones was identified by the Knights at an early age after playing the majority of his football with his local club since under 10’s.

The strong ball-runner made his way through the pathway system, which included Harold Matthews and SG Ball teams, winning a Grand Final in the Under 16’s division.

Playing alongside lifelong friend Brayden Musgrove and other NRL players including Tom Starling and Hudson Young (both Canberra Raiders), the team went onto conquer all before them.

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“That’s when I transitioned to playing most of my footy at the Knights,” Jones said.

“I came through the ranks and it’s special that the Knights have kept hold of me.

“I just want to repay the faith now.”

Fast forward to 2020 and Jones was on the fringes of the first-grade side.

An eye-catching display at the Perth Nines led to a memorable debut.

The 23-year-old made his start in the unforgettable 14-all draw with the Penrith Panthers last season, quickly showcasing his driving competitiveness and effort plays.

The versatile forward made another six appearances in 2020 ahead of the current season.

After a couple of games off the bench in 2021, Jones was thrust into the action in the side’s Round 6 encounter with the Cronulla Sharks.

Playing out of position, Jones scored a try, pulled off two incredible try-savers and put in a monumental display.

Jones said he owes a lot of his form to Head Coach, Adam O’Brien, for simplifying his role and entrusting in him to get the job done.

“I do owe a massive thanks to Adam,” Jones said.

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“He makes things simple and tells me what he needs from me, and that’s all I go after.

“I just want to do my job and do it to the best I can wherever I am on the field.”

Having grown up a country boy, Jones says he also enjoys getting back home.

Living in Quorrobolong, which has a population of 512, it’s not uncommon to wake up to a strong frost and ice on the windows.

The 23-year-old also undertakes a 60-minute journey to training each day.

“Mum and Dad are both rodeo go’ers,” Jones said.

“I veered off to a different path with football but I try to get out and see them as much as I can.

“It’s very quiet, you can’t see any neighbours and it’s really peaceful.”

Ahead of huge end to the season, you can expect to see Jones play a key role in the side’s performances moving forward.

“I hate losing, I want to win,” Jones said.

“The last two wins have been really important and will hopefully go a long way to setting up the back end of the season for us.”

Jones will remain a Knight until at least the end of the 2023 season.