Kenny-Dowall a 'Rooster through and through'
SHAUN Kenny-Dowall was snapped having lunch with Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown last week but the centre insists he's a 'Rooster through and through'.
The tricolours face an uphill battle trying to re-sign key members of their starting backline with Kenny-Dowall, and wingers Blake Ferguson and Daniel Tupou all off contact at the end of 2017.
The 29-year old, who is in his 11th season at the Bondi club, says he wants to remain a one-club player but does admit he has some tough decision to make about his future.
"I have a few decisions to make but I'm taking it one week at a time at the moment', he said.
"It's a week to week proposition at the moment".
And while the prospect of linking up with star fullback James Tedesco next year does excite Kenny-Dowall it may not be enough to secure his services beyond this season.
"Obviously I'd like to play alongside Tedesco and build a strong back five," he said.
"I've been here my whole life. I'll always be a Rooster through and through. I love this club.
"But in saying that I'm just taking negotiations one week at a time."
The Tricolours backline had their moments, both good and bad, during last night's Anzac Day thrilling 13-12 victory against the Dragons.
The Red V made their intentions clear early with Gareth Widdop peppering both edges, testing the likes of Ferguson and Kenny-Dowall under the high ball.
"We really worked hard during the week to win the last play," Kenny-Dowall said.
"It was a key area of their game [Widdop's kicking] so we did the work during the week out on the wings and I think our back five did well to clean up their kicks."
In the end it was a try to Ferguson in the 50th minute which opened their account and helped swing momentum in their favour.
Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has met with Kenny-Dowall in a bid to entice the centre to his club. Picture: Gregg Porteous
"Robbo said [at halftime] keep going at it, don't let up. It was a tit-for-tat game and they were going hard and we were coming hard back at them.
"I think the momentum really did swing after halftime so it's a credit to all the boys for really sticking in there.
"We made it hard on ourselves in the first half and we should've won from that position with two minutes to go but it was meant to be and it was good to come away with a win on Anzac Day."