Mullen anoints Dobson at No.6

KNIGHTS five-eighth Jarrod Mullen has nominated off-season recruit Michael Dobson as the man to replace him and partner Tyrone Roberts in the halves as he recovers from a torn hamstring.

Speaking at the Knights’ season launch at Merewether Surfhouse yesterday, Mullen admitted Knights coach Wayne Bennett hadn’t divulged who would replace him while he recovers from the injury suffered during the Auckland Nines tournament.

But he said Dobson, who joined the team after six seasons with Super League’s Hull Kingston Rovers, had impressed during pre-season training, trials and the inaugural nine-a-side tournament. 

‘‘Not sure who will play five-eighth, but someone like Dobbo [Michael Dobson], who is obviously a left-foot kicker, so you’ve got left and right-foot kickers on the field, he’s definitely got all the skills. 

‘‘He’s got a great little kicking game on him, that’s what you need, you need to put pressure on other sides and his kicking game does that.

‘‘I think he and Tyrone will combine well together, if he plays there, [Dobson] will do a good job for us.

‘‘He’s played in some big games overseas and I’m sure he’ll do the job.’’

The Knights’ struggle to establish a permanent pair of halves since the retirement of Andrew Johns appeared to have been behind them last year with the emergence of Tyrone Roberts alongside the steady hand of Mullen.

But Mullen’s injury throws further doubt over whether captain Kurt Gidley will be asked to fill in at five-eighth or halfback during the year. 

Regardless, Mullen said more responsibility would no doubt be placed on Roberts to steer the team around.

‘‘[Tyrone] does his thing during the game and probably takes a back seat, I suppose, when I’m out there because I do a lot of the talking,’’ he said. ‘‘But he has done his apprenticeship now, he’s definitely a confident young kid coming up and the way he played last year there is no reason he can’t lead our team to a few victories.’’

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