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Andrew Johns needs just 18 points to break the NRL?s all time highest point scoring record, when the Knights host the Sharks this Saturday at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
Three converted tries is all that stands between the star half back and Jason Taylor?s long standing record of 2,107 career points, an accomplishment within Johns reach.
?We?ve all seen how lethal Joey is when he?s playing at his best and he?s capable of an 18 point haul, especially with a home crowd behind him,? said Knights coach, Michael Hagan.
Johns will re-unite with former team mate and 1997 Grand Final try scoring hero, Darren Albert, who returns to his old home ground for the first time in a Cronulla jersey. He?ll lead a Hunter Valley charge featuring Maitland junior, Greg Bird and former Knight, Brett Kimmorley, who is out to impress Origin selectors in his annual duel with Johns.
?Noddy always lifts when he?s playing in Newcastle and with possible Origin selection up for grabs, I would expect him and Andrew to reignite their on-field rivalry,? Hagan said.
After a week off to recover from the demands of the representative season, Knights Hooker, Danny Buderus rejoined the Newcastle squad today, training at Lambton Pool in preparation for the teams return home.
?It was important Danny had the week off to rest but now everyone is back on deck we need to improve to stay in the top eight and keep our finals campaign on track,? said Hagan.
After being ruled out of last week?s trip across the Tasman, fullback, David Seage has been cleared of a hamstring injury and will start at fullback while utility forward, Riley Brown will miss at least a week after suffering a shoulder injury at Ericsson Stadium.
Kirk Reynoldson has been named on the Interchange bench in an otherwise unchanged 17 man squad.