Johns needs just four points to pass Taylor?s 2,107 milestone and enter the Rugby League history books.
?Although I?m close to breaking the record, my thoughts are very much on the team?s performance,? said Johns.
?The thought of achieving this milestone is something I?m very proud of, but my mind is foremost on Newcastle playing well.?
Coach Michael Hagan has named an 18 man squad to travel to Parramatta featuring Buderus and Simpson returning to the Newcastle starting line up, with Todd Lowrie moving back to the Interchange.
?The First Grade competition is tight at the moment with almost every player in the squad injury free,? Hagan said.
?We?re being forced to make tough decisions.?
Luke Davico, Adam Woolnough and Riley Brown fill the remaining bench positions, Kirk Reynoldson will travel as 18th man.
After another solid performance against Manly last week, Nathan Hinton has retained the fullback spot and Milton Thaiday makes his long awaited comeback from injury in Premier League.
Nathan Hinton Brian Carney Matthew Gidley George Carmont Anthony Quinn Jarrod Mullen Andrew Johns (C) Craig Smith Danny Buderus Josh Perry Steve Simpson Clint Newton Reegan Tanner INTERCHANGE
Luke Davico Adam Woolnough Riley Brown Todd Lowrie Kirk ReynoldsonLike