Knights enforcer Beau Scott could be a surprise inclusion for Saturday night's clash against the Cowboys, pitting him against Johnathan Thurston again.
The Cowboys are out for revenge after losing to Newcastle in Townsville earlier this year, but after three straight wins they have form on their side.
North Queensland hookers Rory Kostjasyn and Ray Thompson are back fighting for coach Paul Green's approval as the Cowboys chase revenge against Newcastle.
The Newcastle Knights have released back-rower Beau Scott from his contract beyond season 2015 on compassionate grounds.
Eels' defensive steel, Newcastle's windy woes and Richie Fa'aoso's sad day headline the five key points to come out of Parramatta's 28-22 win over the Knights.
Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone said a few of his players were on the brink of getting dropped for their clash with the Cowboys on ANZAC Day.
The Parramatta Eels have come from behind to defeat the Knights at Hunter Stadium. Despite trailing numerous times, the Eels rallied to win away from home.
Two teams desperate for a win after back-to-back defeats will battle it out in Newcastle, with the Knights enjoying a terrific recent record in this match-up.
Dane Gagai will be staying in Newcastle for another two years and he is hoping to bring his family closer after putting ink to a new deal.
After starting the competition as the only undefeated team, the Knights have lost two on the trot, while the Sharks have undergone a resurgence.