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Knights recruit Jeremy Smith ( @jeremy_smith13 ) has won NZ's player of the year. #NRL #NewZealand @NRLKnights 


Mehhh ...... ;) 


Harsh, you are.:P 


[h=1]Former Knight’s new venture[/h]

Wednesday 7 November 2012 1:16 PM
Newcastle Knights great Ben Kennedy is hoping the people of the Newcastle and Hunter Region will get behind him as he launches Newcastle’s first Guzman y Gomez restaurant in Hamilton on Thursday.
“For the opening I am just as nervous as I was when I played a game of football,” the former Australian and NSW Origin representative said.
“After owning and managing two fruit shops in Queensland I really wanted to move back to Newcastle and came across an opportunity to start a GYG here.
“I looked at a few different franchise options and went and tried it out in Brisbane and loved it.”
Kennedy said GYG’s traditional Mexican menu is unlike anything else in Newcastle and is encouraging Novocastrians to come on down and grab a free burrito during tomorrow’s Free Burrito Day.
GYG is famous for their Free Burrito Days and are hoping to break the current record of 4,558 burritos given away by Queensland’s Albert St store, during a nine-hour fiesta complete with mariachi band, spot prizes and a bumper crowd.
“I would encourage every one to get down to the restaurant and try the authentic and healthy food that GYG offers,” Kennedy said.
“We can’t wait to open the doors and get the free burritos pumping.”
Kennedy said the dedication and commitment needed to succeed in rugby league has really helped him during his post-football career.
“Rugby league doesn’t last forever and you have to move on,” he added.
“It makes it easier once you finish if you have something to go straight in to, you don’t miss the game as much then.” 


[h=1] Knights find the Kokoda Spirit [/h] Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Newcastle Knights players Tyrone Roberts and Korbin Sims along with Club legends Paul Harragon and Mal Reilly have completed their week-long trek of the Kokoda Trail. Read Story 


[h=1]Scott joins new teammates[/h]

Wednesday 14 November 2012 3:51 PM

For the next two days the Newcastle Knights will undergo further fitness testing in preparation for the beginning of their pre-season training on Monday.
Scott has spent the past month undergoing rehabilitation and is focused on getting his body right for the pre-season.
“I am trying to get over a little groin niggle,” Scott explained.
“I am taking it week-by-week and am trying to get it back to where it is supposed to be.
“Once the groin gets 100 per cent I will jump straight back in to full training.”
Being joined by his new teammates for the first time on Wednesday, Scott said he is looking forward to resuming full training.
"This is my first day training with the group itself and they are a great bunch of fellows,” he said.
“I already know a fair few of them and am looking forward to getting amongst it.”
Scott joins the Knights after spending the last six seasons playing for the St George-Illawarra Dragons.
“The move is easier having already been coached by Wayne (Bennett) and the current coaching staff,” the Australian and NSW Origin representative added.
“I know what to expect from his coaching style and am looking forward to it.” 


[h=1]Roberts and Sims share Kokoda experience[/h]

Wednesday 14 November 2012 5:10 PM

Returning from their week-long trek along the Kokoda Trail, young Newcastle Knights' players Korbin Sims and Tyrone Roberts spoke to Knights TV about their experience in Papua New Guinea.
Roberts said he was grateful for the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of his heroes.
“When we first arrived one of the diggers from the third battalion was there and it was a very emotional experience,” Roberts said.
“We will take a lot out of it and while we can’t compare what the diggers did for our country with playing rugby league, we can hopefully better ourselves on and off the field."
Sims said as tough as their trek was, their experience was nothing compared to that of the troops.
“We left at light and got back to camp during the day," Sims said.
“The troops had to fight through the night just to stay alive.
“We kind of got a feel for the terrain they had to walk but nothing like what they had to go through.” 


[h=2]8 young Knights named in Blues In Waiting squad[/h] [INDENT] Raiders: Mitchell Cornish, Jack Wighton

Bulldogs: Adam Elliott, Danny Fualolo, David Klemmer, Leilani Latu, David Minute, Ryan Wilson

Sharks: Jake Goodwin, Michael Lichaa, Josh Rainbow, Jake Walsh

Sea Eagles: Luke Bartley, Jacob Gagan, Fabian Goodall, Clinton Gutherson, Jake Trbojevic

Storm: Dean Britt, Richard Kennar

Knights: Adam Clydsdale, Jackson Hill, Jake Lawrence, Pat Mata'utia, Ben Roose, Tom Rouse, Michael Steele, Kurt Warden

Eels: Frazer Masinamua, Ryan Matterson, Chad McGill, Kelepi Tanginoa, Vai Toutai, James Tuitahi

Panthers: Nathan Aubusson, Bryce Cartwright, Toby Evans, Zac Mackay, James Roberts

Rabbitohs: Aaron Gray, Jackson Garlick, Tyrone Phillips

Dragons: Andrew Chard, Sam Coster, Shannon Crook, Evander Cummins, Craig Garvey, Jacob Neil, Charly Runciman

Roosters: Samisi Langi, Clarrie Moore

Tigers: Luke Brooks, Kyle Lovett, Mitchell Moses, David Nofoaluma, Brendan Santi, Curtis Sironen


So many local clubs to choose from, you wouldn't think they would lose 9 in a row.... 


Well they do have to play against Darius.:P 


Jacob Gagai excited for family reunion

Jacob Gagai, the younger brother of Newcastle Knights centre Dane Gagai, has made the long journey from Mackay to Newcastle and joined his SG Ball teammates at training for the first time on Monday.

“Newcastle is a really nice place to live and it reminds me a lot of Mackay,” the 17-year-old told

“I still can’t believe that I have finally moved in with Dane and I am living with my brother.

“Him and Alex (McKinnon) have really welcomed me in to the home and I think they are going to take good care of me.”

Signing a three-year contract with the Knights in October, Gagai said while his family were sad to see him leave, they always wanted to see the brothers together.

“They are really excited to see what next year brings for both of us,” Gagai said.

"I think by moving here Dane and I could help each other with whatever we do and whatever goals we need to reach.”

Like Dane, Jacob came through the Brisbane Broncos system and said the decision to change Clubs was made easier after seeing how well his brother has done.

“Wayne Bennett has really helped Dane out both on and off the field and that has been really good for him," he said.

“I saw the way he changed and became a better person as soon as he came to the Knights and that has reflected in the football he played last season.”

Described by Bennett as a quality player with a bright future, Gagai hopes he will get the opportunity to play in the Under 20’s side this season.

“I don’t expect to just push my way in to that team but I am going to train as hard as I can and play as hard as I can and hopefully that comes my way,” Gagai explained.

“And I am going to keep pushing myself until it happens.” 


Newcastle need to improve their centre stocks, they are pretty thin at the moment.

I'm disappointed that Naiqama has left, he was such an underrated player. 


he wouldn't pass, I rate young Kevie a better player. 


Wes was a quality winger in his prime. His play back with STGI was great and in the last couple years at Newcastle he started playing better after going MIA for a while. He was never really suited to fullback or the centres, although he did a pretty good job filling in at the latter.

I thought he was really good in 2011. He flew under the radar but IMO he was one of the most improved players that year.

Kevin might be a better player now but I think Wes is still a good player if he sticks to the wing. 


I wonder where the Panthers will play him? 


[INDENT] Graham Murray departs Knights

The Newcastle Knights confirm Graham Murray has resigned from the position of High Performance Unit - Director of Coaching to return to Queensland to be closer to family and take on a coaching role at Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

Murray, who has been with the Knights for a year, has focused on the development of young players and also acted as a conduit for the coaches across all grades.

"While we are extremely disappointed to be losing Graham, we absolutely accept the personal reasons behind him having to relocate back to Queensland to be closer to his family,” CEO Matt Gidley said.

“On behalf of our Club I would like to thank Graham not only for his significant contribution to the young players at the Club and the coaches within our High Performance Program, but for the professional manner in which he structured it for on-going success and we wish him well in his new role.

“We look forward to naming a replacement to join our team in the not too distant future.”

Murray has enjoyed his time at the Knights and is disappointed to be leaving.

"The job I have been doing with the High Performance Unit has been the most rewarding role I have had but family comes first," Murray said.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Knights and it has been a privilege to have been back involved in an NRL Club.

"I thank the Knights, and in particular Wayne (Bennett), for understanding my decision to move back to Queensland.

"I will be keeping an eye on the Knights and wish the Club all the very best." [/INDENT] 


[CENTER] Round 1 - Newcastle Knights vs Wests Tigers in 98 Days, 07 Hours, 54 Minutes and 14 Seconds.


[h=2]Gidley to be knights Half Back in 2013[/h] [INDENT] Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett says injury-prone star Kurt Gidley will start 2013 at halfback
By Shaun Dyas AAP December 04, 2012 12:42PM

Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett has revealed Kurt Gidley will start the 2013 NRL season at halfback, with the former NSW skipper set to return to training following shoulder surgery.

The versatile Gidley, who can also play fullback, featured in just five matches last year before being sidelined after the round-eight win over Penrith.

The 30-year-old started the NRL season at five-eighth before switching to halfback, but Bennett has already earmarked him for the No.7 jersey for the Knights' season opener against Wests Tigers on March 11.

"He'll definitely play halfback," Bennett said.

"We just need to get him training - he has a slight calf strain at the moment.

"We need to do as much work with him as we can because he hasn't done anything for 12 months.

"Otherwise all is good with him, the shoulder is right and he is ready to go."

Bennett admitted Gidley's absence was a big blow for the Knights last year as a season of high expectation following the appointment of the seven-time premiership-winning coach ended with a disappointing 12th-place finish.

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"Kurt was a huge loss for us last year as well. He's really got that attitude that all the top players have got," he said.

"You have either got that quality or you need to learn that quality and, at the moment, a lot of the young players have to learn that quality.

"That's what Willie (Mason) brings, that's what Danny (Buderus) brings and that's what Kurt brings."

With Gidley's absence last year, exciting halfback Tyrone Roberts played 18 games and Bennett said the 21-year-old is still very much a part of his plans, despite Gidley's return.

"Tyrone had a wonderful year for us in many ways," Bennett said.

"He's a young guy who got an opportunity to play NRL on a regular basis.

"You could see this morning that he was a lot more confident about himself.

"He's a long-term project for us, Tyrone. He's a wonderful young player with lots of talent so we don't want to lose him."

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I wonder whether he will genuinely be playing halfback or whether Mullen will continue to play there and Gidley will just have the number 7 on his back. 


I think he will play there, Mullo is a better 5/8 than a halfback, and then we have Roberts as a back up in case of injury. 


I agree that it would be better to have Mullen pushing two passes wide of the ruck but in the past that hasn't seemed to happen with Gidley and Mullen.

Whenever Gidley has gone into the halves they have generally split left and right but of the two it was always Mullen who moved into first receiver in their backline plays. Mullen would shift over quite regularly from the right and Gidley would move to second receiver to run a play. But when the Knights went down the right side Gidley was usually still on the left acting as a distraction and Mullen would still be at first receiver with Boyd or McDonnell at second receiver.

I'd prefer the Knights to go with a more traditional set up and move Mullen out to five-eight more regularly. I like Mullen's running game out wide. 


I agree about Mullo playing a bit wider, and his running game, but I feel that his kicking game and his defence is what makes him valuable. 


Round 1 - Newcastle Knights vs Wests Tigers in 95 Days, 02 Hours, 22 Minutes and 54 Seconds.



[CENTER] Round 1 - Newcastle Knights vs Wests Tigers in 88 Days, 09 Hours, 26 Minutes and 03 Seconds.


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