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'Good to go': Brailey ready to fire against familiar opponent

"I'm good to go."

Those are the defiant words from nib Newcastle Knights dummy-half Jayden Brailey ahead of the side's huge, must-win clash with the Cronulla Sharks this Sunday.

Brailey was selected at hooker for the important fixture after being rested from the last-round clash with the Brisbane Broncos suffering a head knock in the previous game against the Raiders.

The 25-year-old said he's in good health in the lead up to Round 22.

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"I was alright," Brailey said.

"It was pretty obvious I came off second best to (Josh) Papalii there.

"I passed all the HIA protocols and finished off the second half (against the Raiders)."

This Sunday's match will have a familiar feel for Jayden.

The hooker will play his former club in Cronulla where he played 69 NRL games.

Brailey will also take on his opposing number and brother, Blayke, for the second time since moving to Newcastle at the start of last season.

The Knights have also won four of the last six matches to put themselves in the frame for finals football.

Brailey talked about the turnaround in form and the significance of the next month of football.

"Being injury free (helps)," Brailey said.

"1-30 players in our squad for the most part are fit and firing.

"To be honest, it's probably a little bit of a mindset as well. We're coming into the last month of the competition and time isn't on our side.

"We need to win football games so that has been our focus and focusing on us more than anything."