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Wendell Sailor with Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett.

If ever there was someone who understands the lure of Knights' coach Wayne Bennett, then surely Wendell Sailor is your man.

Sailor has long had a close rapport with Bennett, dating back to the early 90s when the supercoach gave him his first crack in first grade with the Brisbane Broncos.

It was a chance that catapulted Wendell's career from the humble beginnings of park footy to the heights of Queensland and Australian representation.

Then in 2007 when Sailor found himself in trouble and without a club, it was Bennett who gave him a second chance to resurrect his career at the Dragons when no one else would.

Wayne has always had a way with people and it's why Wendell is urging the First Nations Goannas side to make the most of their opportunity to play in front of the seven-time premiership winner on Saturday.

"These Goannas guys just need to go hard and play some football, because Wayne will see something in them," insists Sailor, who is helping the First Nations team as an assistant coach.

"You never know who is watching and there could be someone with their eyes on them thinking, ‘we need a winger and he might not cost as much’."

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