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Mullen could move to hooker for Knights

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/09/2016 James MacSmith

Jarrod Mullen could make a Peter Wallace-style move from the halves to hooker next NRL season for Newcastle.

Knights coach Nathan Brown successfully trialled Mullen at dummy-half in the club's controversial 28-26 loss to St George Illawarra on Saturday at Kogarah Oval.

Mullen's passing was effective and his defence solid and Brown said the one-time NSW pivot could make a permanent move there for 2017.

"It was something I have wanted to have a look at for ages, but injury has prevented that," former first-grade rake Brown said.

"I thought he was great there. His kicking game out of there was good and he defended well.

"Because of all the defence he did, he didn't get much of a chance with the ball."

Newcastle have some of the best young halves in the game coming through in Jack Cogger and Brock Lamb to partner Trent Hodkinson at the scrumbase.

"Him moving there (permanently) will be a conversation for me and Mullo," Brown said.

"But it is something we will look at over the pre-season."

Former NSW halfback Wallace has enjoyed a successful shift from the halves to No.9 this year for Penrith, who face Canterbury next weekend in an elimination final.

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