NEWCASTLE tyro Tyrone Roberts says Jeremy Smith is the man who’s given him the confidence to guide Wayne Bennett’s side around the park under intense pressure at finals time.
Only 22 years old with just over 50 first grade games to his name, Roberts helped the Knights end the premiership defence of Cooper Cronk-guided Melbourne on Saturday and faces up to Mitchell Pearce this weekend.
Unheralded at the start of the year, he’s playing with maturity beyond his years.
“Jeremy Smith, he’s had confidence in me every week to do the job,” Roberts, who will play despite a long-term posterior cruciate ligament injury, tells League Week.
“He calms me down.
“It’s a good balance. The (experienced players) give us some advice. We take a leaf out of their book and they trust in us to do the job.
“Bedsy (Danny Buderus) … all the older boys have got faith in the younger boys.”
The secret behind his own form?
“I think it’s just the belief, being the player that other players want to play with which is our motto, he answers.
“Wayne (Bennett), he settles us down and makes sure we don’t get too amped up before the game and overplay ourselves. I think it’s a credit to the boys, we stayed calm.”
Jeremy Smith says about the Knights chances against the Roosters: “We have nothing to lose next week – everyone wrote us off anyway”.
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