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TFH Titans prop forward Jack Stockwell has admitted the side hasn't 'stepped up' in recent weeks and the group owes it to themselves and the fans to produce this weekend against the Newcastle Knights.

Stockwell spent three years in the Hunter as part of the Knights squad and insists it is one of the tougher road trips on the calendar.

"It'll be tough match playing Newcastle at home," Stockwell said. "There is usually a big crowd and they're clinging on to the eight so they've got a lot to play for.

"We're still mathematically a chance (of making the finals) so we're looking forward to it.

"It's a bit of a do or die. We haven't talked about it but we're all thinking about it. We haven't stepped up the last few games so we're hoping to string a few games together now."

The Titans defeated the Knights 33-26 back in Round 11 but the Knights welcome back halfback Mitchell Pearce who was absent that day due to injury, but will be without the talented Kalyn Ponga at the back.

"Having Mitch (Pearce) back is a big positive for them, he's involved in everything.

"He's a leader for them. He's always in the game and he's a massive in for them. Having Ponga out is a bonus for us but Mitch makes up for that."

It's been a big couple of months for Stockwell, first he signed a contract extension with the club and on the weekend, the Picton junior and his wife, Taylah, announced that they were expecting their first child.

"It's just a bit of security, knowing that I'm here next year but I want to finish off the year well before hopefully having a big pre-season.

"I married my wife in October and it's something that's always been in the back of our minds (to start a family) and it's great that it's now happening."