Knightmare pre-season couldn’t get any worse for Nathan Brown or could it?

Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown isn’t letting the week from hell get to him or his players.

The under siege mentor said his players were hurting for both Jarrod Mullen and Pauli Pauli.

Mullen tested positive for steroids at the start of the week before news broke that Pauli Pauli had been involved in a car crash involving seven vehicles.

“Obviously there are plenty of guys that have got disappointment for mates for a number of reasons. Mullo and Pauli are in different situations, but the guys feel for both guys,” Brown said.

“But we’ll support them through it. Football clubs go through these things and we’re in a far better situation than we were this time last year, so that’s the main thing.

“We just need to knuckle down and move forward – the way we trained today was great, and the guys will continue to train well.’’

Things could get worse for the Knights with reports suggesting prop Korbin Sims wants out of the club and is desperate to join the Brisbane Broncos.

“There’s been a lot written, but at the moment, Korbin is here,’’ he said.

“But whether that changes or not, I’m not sure.’’

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