The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have promoted 20 year-old Brandon Wakeham to partner Jack Cogger in the halves against Newcastle on Friday night at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Wakeham made his NRL debut last week, coming off the bench against the Sharks after a late call up to the game.
Both Lachlan Lewis (ankle) and Kieran Foran (hamstring) were not considered as they are still recovering from injury.
MPA Injury Report: Round 17
In other news, 24 year-old second-rower Renouf To'omaga comes on to the bench after some strong performances in the Canterbury Cup. Renouf played four NRL matches for the Bulldogs last season after debuting against the Parramatta Eels in Round 10.
Jeremy Marshall-King, Nu Brown and Kerrod Holland have all been selected on an extended bench.
Match: Knights v Bulldogs
Round 17 -
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
The squad is:
1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Brought to you by Miramax)
2. Nick Meaney (Brought to you by Alexander Michael Advisory)
3. Marcelo Montoya (Brought to you by M&J Chickens)
4. Will Hopoate (Brought to you by Reliable Food Distributors)
5. Reimis Smith (Brought to you by CPE)
6. Brandon Wakeham (Brought to you by Greenacre Dental)
7. Jack Cogger (Brought to you by Hy-Tec Concrete)
8. Aiden Tolman (Brought to you by Signadvice)
9. Michael Lichaa (Brought to you by Ultimate Security Australia)
10. Dylan Napa (Brought to you by Sydney Freezers)
11. Josh Jackson (Brought to you by Dental on Evaline)
12. Corey Harawira-Naera (Brought to you by Guardian Venue Management)
13. Chris Smith (Brought to you by McDonalds Punchbowl)
14. Adam Elliott (Brought to you by BSC)
15. Renouf To'omaga (Brought to you by KIA Motors)
16. Ofahiki Ogden (Brought to you by Waterview)
17. Sauaso Sue (Brought to you by Gatorade)
19. Jeremy Marshall-King
20. Fa'amanu Brown
21. Kerrod Holland
22. Danny Fualalo
Coach - Dean Pay (Brought to you by MPA)
Wakeham repays parents with NRL debut