“I want to finish on a high” Dom Young opens up on his tough Knights decision

Drew Darbyshire
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England star Dom Young says he is determined to finish on a high with Newcastle Knights before he departs for an expected move to Sydney Roosters.

The towering winger has opened up on his tough decision to leave the Knights, where he has scored 25 tries in 31 appearances since making the move from Huddersfield ahead of the 2021 season.

Young, who starred for England at last year’s World Cup, will depart the Knights at the end of the season to take up an opportunity with Sydney Roosters, although the transfer has yet to be officially announced by either club.

“It was obviously a tough decision,” Young told reporters on the Newcastle Knights club websiteearlier this week. “I’ve loved it here for the past two seasons.

“I had to sit long and hard about it with my family and discuss what was the best move for me going forward. I have made that decision now so I just want to focus on this year.

“I’ve always said I want to finish on a high here. I’ve got a lot to prove still and I think we can do something good this year, so why not?”

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The 21-year-old has been in sensational form since returning to Adam O’Brien’s side after being dropped, scoring six tries in his last two matches.

“I guess I was disappointed to miss out but everytime I play I’m pretty confident about what I can do on the field so I took it like I take every other game,” Young said about being dropped a couple of weeks ago.

“But I guess I had a little bit of a point to prove so I tried showing that and luckily I did that.

“It was obviously difficult for me but I didn’t want to get down about it. I wanted to respond well and try to do my best and I did that so luckily I don’t have to worry about that now because I’m back playing.”

Young is hoping to take his impressive form into their home clash with NRL champions Penrith Panthers on Saturday.

“It would be good to keep that streak up so hopefully I’ll get a couple!” Young said with a smile on his face.

“They are a quality side, so we just want to get the win, it doesn’t matter if I score or I don’t score, we just want to get the two points.”

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