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Knights recruit Jesse Ramien.

In-form centre Jesse Ramien is relishing the gamble he took to join the once struggling Knights and believes similar premiership-winning traits to his former side Cronulla are beginning to trickle through at the right time of the season.

Ramien, who joined Newcastle this season on a two-year deal, produced arguably his most dominant performance of the year against the Broncos to give another glimpse of his potential.

The Knights have found a way to shed a massive 122 points (8.71 per game on average) compared to the same time last year, while their attack has increased by 3.21 points per outing to rank seventh best in the competition.

"It comes off the back of our senior players, it was similar at Cronulla," Ramien told

"Guys like Mitchell Pearce, David Klemmer, Aidan Guerra and Timmy Glasby have a wealth of representative experience and it gives a lot of us younger boys like KP, Connor and myself confidence to adapt to any situation whether we're chasing points or it's a tense battle.

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"They've been around for a while and they know how to win games whether it's a point or 20 points.

"When I came into the team at Cronulla in 2018 pretty much after they won the competition and they did a lot of the little things right. There were guys like Luke Lewis, Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita mixed in with youth like Val Holmes and Jayden Brailey.

"We learnt a lot as the year went on and only got better, it's happening in a similar way at the Knights now."

A slow start to the year for the Knights – not necessarily through fault of his own – had Ramien confirming his commitment to the club in May as speculation increased that he wanted out given the lack of carries the club's halves were providing him.

Ramien said the constant changing in the five-eighth role this year initially made it difficult to adjust to, but the 22-year-old has found a balance alongside Kurt Mann and Mason Lino in recent weeks.

"I think my attack will come with more early ball," Ramien said.  

"A lot of people underestimate it when players around you get injured or are unavailable that it can take some time to form new combinations with those coming in.

"It wasn't frustrating when people started to talk because when you're not doing too well as an individual or as a team they'll question things to try and find a solution.

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"I addressed it and let everyone know what was happening. It was a rough patch for the club and there was no truth to it.

"Now we've found form we're looking to build on that. We had that tough loss against Melbourne and it probably made it feel worse because we had a break through the rep weekend.

"But it was a big effort to come back after that and get the win at home. Those sorts of wins can help towards the end of the year, you'd rather win them than lose them even though we can be a lot better."


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