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Newcastle announce Michael Costa as Club Patron

The Newcastle Knights have today announced Michael Costa, Minister for the Hunter, Roads, Ports and Economic Reform as the club's patron.
Newcastle announce Michael Costa as Club Patron
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The Newcastle Knights have today announced Michael Costa, Minister for the Hunter, Roads, Ports and Economic Reform as the club's patron.

The Minister, who lives in the Hunter, has been a keen supporter at Knights home games, and often attends with his family.

In his role as Minister for the Hunter, Mr Costa has been a strong advocate for infrastructure projects in the Hunter region, including the world-class redeveloped EnergyAustralia Stadium. The Carr Government has contributed more than $32 million to the project.

Speaking today at the stadium as it enters the final stages of construction, Mr Costa said it was a privilege to be invited to be the Knights' patron.

“The Knights are legendary in Newcastle and throughout the Hunter,” Mr Costa said.

“The players are drawn from all over the region. I've been especially impressed with their youth development program, where they work closely with Hunter schools to develop local talent.

“I'm looking forward to being the patron of the Knights and supporting them in any way I can in the role,” he said.

Mr Costa then reiterated his call for the Federal Government to come up with its share of the Stadium redevelopment costs.

Knights Chairman Michael Hill said the Minister would be ideally suited to the role.

“The Newcastle Knights are a sporting and cultural flagship for this region. Who better to represent us on the national stage than the State Minister dedicated to the task of keeping the Hunter as a flagship community?,” he said.

“Over 18 years we have grown into more than a sporting organisation to the point where we can make a very meaningful contribution to our community.

“When we feel strongly about something and voice our concerns, we can often bring about positive change. We are confident that with Michael Costa in our corner, that voice may carry even more weight.

“That can only be a good thing, not only for the Newcastle Knights, but the people of this region.

“I know that Michael Costa is proud to take on an ambassadorial role for our football club and we will be proud to have him as our patron.

“We certainly look forward to hosting him at our first home game of the season against the Warriors in what will be a landmark day for Newcastle and the Knights.”

The Knights pre-season kicks off next weekend, when they tackle the Penrith Panthers at Bathurst on 19 February, followed by a trial against Cronulla in Gosford on 26 February.

Their Telstra Premiership campaign commences on 13 March when they play Melbourne Storm in the southern capital. The club's first home game comes in round six, which will allow construction of the stadium to continue until early April.

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