Rugby League: Knights rivals prepare to swoop on star centre Dane Gagai

IN DEMAND: Knights centre Dane Gagai. Picture: Getty Images

DANE Gagai loves Newcastle –and the Knights –but for how long remains to be seen.

The 26-year-old centre has a contract option in his favour for next season, which effectively makes him a free agent.

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“The first halfwe only had 40 per cent possession,” he said.“We ended up making 100 more tackles than them. At the back end of the game, if you are making that many more tackles, it is natural that you are going to be a lot more fatigued than the other team. We have to complete [sets]and go back-and-forth with teams. That will put us in a lot better position to close a game out.”

Jaelen Feeney will wear the Knights No.7 jumper, formerly owned by captain Trent Hodkinson,for the first time in the only change to side that was overrun by the Cowboys.

Sione Mata’utia moves from the halves to the left edge, with Luke Yates switching to lock for the injured Mitch Barnett.The Knights confirmed on Friday that Barnett would not require surgery but faces six weeks on the sideline.

The Titans were withoutNathan Peats and Konrad Hurrell in round two, and Jarryd Hayne limped off after 29 minutes.

“Hayneis going to be a key for them but their halves play a big role in how they play too,” Gagai said.“Peatsy brings a lot. He is direct and will steertheir forward pack around the park well. They have a good side. We just have to control the things that we can control.”

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