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Quigley?s 40th First Grade game headlines a number of changes to the Novocastrian line up, with Kurt Gidley out for at least four weeks (Medial Ligament) and Buderus and Steve Simpson in Origin Camp.
?It?s been a while since I?ve had a run in the top grade but I?m looking forward to the opportunity,? Quigley said.
After a successful comeback from injury in Premier League against the Sharks, Jarrod Mullen finds himself in First Grade this weekend as Gidley?s replacement, continuing his apprenticeship alongside Andrew Johns at Five-Eighth.
?You learn so much playing beside Joey, he?s a great teacher and mentor,? Mullen said.
?He takes you back to the basics and points things out that you should see but tend to overlook at times.?
Other changes to the Knights line up include Todd Lowrie, back in the starting side for Steve Simpson, while rookie, Nathan Hinton, retains his spot at fullback for his third NRL appearance.
?Nathan has handled the First Grade Challenge well,? said Knights Coach, Michael Hagan.
?He?s been impressive since making his debut in Auckland and more game time will be good for his confidence.?
After a week on the sideline with a shoulder injury, Utility forward, Riley Brown has been named on the Knights Interchange.
The Newcastle Knights depart EnergyAustralia Stadium on Thursday at 2.00pm.
Coach: Michael Hagan
Nathan Hinton Brian Carney Matthew Gidley George Carmont Anthony Quinn Jarrod Mullen Andrew Johns (C) Craig Smith Luke Quigley Josh Perry Todd Lowrie Clint Newton Reegan Tanner INTERCHANGE
Luke Davico Adam Woolnough Kirk Reynoldson Riley Brown