Knights Football Department update

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Knights Football Department update

    Mon 31st October, 03:01PM
    The Newcastle Knights welcomes a number of new additions to the football department when the team commences pre-season training on November 1.

    Tony Ayoub has joined the Club from the St George Illawarra Dragons as Physical Performance Manager, and will oversee the entire training, medical and rehabilitation program.

    Ayoub, who has also worked for the likes of Melbourne Storm and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, commences with the Knights at the conclusion of the Australian Four Nations campaign.

    Kurt Wrigley links with the Knights as NRL Assistant Coach, after seven years with South Sydney, while Simon Woolford joins the Club as Assistant Coach and Reserve Grade Coach.

    Additionally, Luke Portese joins the strength and conditioning team and the Club welcomes Doctor Jenny Coleman.

    The Club has also increased its commitment to the Elite Pathways (Junior Development) team with the addition of Scott Dureau as Elite Pathways Coach, joining Troy Pezet, Alex McKinnon and Matt Toohey.

    “We are pleased to introduce a number of new faces to the football department,” CEO Matt Gidley said.

    “Most new additions have been part of high performance cultures for a number of years with several winning NRL premierships at previous clubs."

    The Club thanks a number of departing staff from the Football Department.

    “All departing staff have made valuable contributions to the Club and we wish each of them the very best for the future,” Gidley concluded.

  2. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    Ayoub not being onboard at the start of pre season isn't ideal.
    I would have thought that was the few weeks we need him most all year.
  3. Kurriboy

    Kurriboy Darren Albert

    Aug 24, 2016
    I'm sure they have been given an outline of what he wants them to be doing for those few weeks.
  4. EASBay17

    EASBay17 Steve Walters

    Jan 27, 2011
    Knights tap into Fiji potential

    Mon 31st October, 02:27PM

    Over the years there have been plenty of great rugby league players that have hailed from the island nation of Fiji.

    The likes of Marika Koroibete, Akuila Uate, Suliasi Vunivalu and Semi Radradra were all born in Fiji, while the Knights’ own Saifiti twins and Korbin Sims have Fijian heritage.

    Over 2016 the Club has focused on improving and extending it’s scouting network throughout regional New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand.

    During the off-season the next step was taken by Elite Pathways Recruitment Coordinator Alex McKinnon and Player List Manager Troy Pezet as they travelled to Fiji.

    “Throughout this year we’ve extended our network throughout Australia by recruiting scouts all over the country,” McKinnon explained.

    “We’ve found that Fiji is an area that we probably haven’t tapped into before, and the success of a lot of Fijian players made us think it would be a good area to get into.

    “There’s a lot of natural talent over there.”

    The pair stayed in Fiji for seven days, working in Nadi, Natalau and Lautoka.

    During that time they visited schools, villages and local clubs, building relationships with the aim of unearthing promising players between the ages of 15 and 20.

    “It was a good opportunity to go over and have a first look, and build some good relationships,” McKinnon explained.

    “Hopefully once our scouts over there identify some kids, we can have a look at them.”

    Among other schools, McKinnon and Pezet visited Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute, a rugby league boarding school with 500 students.

    Discussions were held with Principal Meli Tora, Head of Sport Alosio Momo and former NRL player Wise Kativerata on the barriers that would have to be overcome for Fijian players to make a successful transition to Australian rugby league competitions.

    “One of the things we’re going to focus on is the process of transitioning kids from Fiji to Australia,” McKinnon explained.

    “There’s over 300 different islands in Fiji that aren’t familiar with our way of life, so it would probably be quite full on for them going straight from Fiji to Australia.”

    With the groundwork now laid, the next step is to create a structure in which young Fijian players can consistently develop into first grade players, and make the Club well placed to unearth potential on a global scale.
  5. Mr Goanna

    Mr Goanna hung up on the glory days

    Jun 1, 2008
    Elite Pathways sounds fancy...
    Simon Woolford? oh of course, one of the Knights' all-time greats! :rolleyes:
  6. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Jun 27, 2010
    Chairman of Marathon Stadium Forums.
    Where I reside at.
    Bit of a slam on Uate there not mentioning him as one of the greats even though his left.
  7. member 2299

    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Aug 16, 2009
    Nambucca Heads
    The likes of Marika Koroibete, Akuila Uate, Suliasi Vunivalu and Semi Radradra were all born in Fiji


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