Knights Mullen certain Gower's a great player to have onside
CRAIG Gower may be 35, but Knights five-eighth Jarrod Mullen believes his club will benefit greatly if the former Kangaroos halfback signs with Newcastle.
Gower played his last NRL game in 2007 at the Panthers.
"Especially in the halves, you need those experienced players there," Mullen said.
"If he comes here he will be a great addition to the team. We are light on hookers at the moment, so he could come off the bench as a hooker, but we need to see if he comes here first."
Mullen also said destructive winger Akuila Uate was still a few weeks away in his anticipated return from a rib injury, with stars Beau Scott, Danny Buderus and Kurt Gidley also sidelined.
"I would be lying if I said it wasn't (a concern); we have some key players out," Mullen said.
He also said the Dragons' Chase Stanley could be hard to handle in the No.6 jumper, filling in for Jamie Soward against the Knights at Hunter Stadium tonight.
"Chase Stanley is a good player there and they don't lose anything with him," Mullen said.
Soward will line up for the Dragons' feeder side, the Illawarra Cutters, in the NSW Cup.