Lakes coach Robbie Payne describes Daniel Peck as a "tough customer".
The hooker himself naturally shrugs it off despite playing last weekend just 24 hours after standing on two screws at work.
"My foot was pretty swollen, but I got through the 80 minutes," the 23-year-old from Budgewoi said. "It's still a little bit sore now, but I'll be right."
Lakes travel to St John Oval on Sunday for a clash with Central. The Seagulls are sixth on the Newcastle Rugby League ladder, two points behind the Butcher Boys having just gone past the halfway mark of the 2020 competition.
"I've been enjoying it this year, but it would be nice if we could win a few more. We've been there and thereabouts, but not quite getting it done. This is a four-point game for us," Peck said.
Lakes have named Craig Kimmorley at five-eighth.
Central coach Phil Williams welcomes back forward duo Junior Roqica and Zac Hosking while Grant Anderson now partners Jack Kelly in the halves. Cameron Anderson has been listed at fullback with Jake Maizen shifting to the centres.
The Creer Cup will also be up for grabs at Charlestown this weekend. The winner of the interclub challenge has $500 donated to their chairty of choice with Central nominating Charlie's Run 4 Kids and lakes linking with Pulmonary Hypertension Association Australia.
Sunday's other fixture is a top-of-the-table clash between undefeated leaders Wyong and second-placed Cessnock at Morry Breen Oval.
The Roos are five from five to start the 2020 season since joining from the cancelled Central Coast competition while the Goannas haven't been pipped since round two.
Five-eighth Todd Lewis will pair up with halfback Jack Burraston for Wyong, replacing unavailable pivot Luke Hanneghan.
Emmanuel Sithole takes the place of Cessnock winger Hamish Wolfgang.
Both games kick-off at 3pm.
Souths have two debutants taking on the Pickers at Maitland Sportsground on Saturday (1:45pm) with second-rower Blake Campbell and playmaker Kobe Davies joining the Lions from the Knights' lower grades.
Wests have the bye.
LADDER: Wyong 12; Cessnock 10; Souths 8; Wests, Central 6; Lakes 4; Maitland 2.
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