THE Newcastle Knights were disappointed to finish in 11th place last season but 12 months on, will compete for a spot in the 2013 grand final when they take on the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium tomorrow night.
Coach Wayne Bennett believes the team have shown they are a different team to when he first arrived at the Club.
"Last year we were very, very poor with our starts," he told the media on Wednesday.
"Remember we would be down 26 points, 30 points in stages before we got started.
"That has been a turn around by the guys and that has been great and we are a different team than when we first started."
The Knights are preparing for a tough challenge against the minor premiers, and who they suffered a 28-12 loss to in Round 20 at Hunter Stadium.