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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Happy birthday to the following players who celebrate a Birthday this week !!

    Kurt Hancock (Knights Player #181)

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    - Born 9/1/80 in Kempsey, NSW
    - Hooker
    - Played one game for the Knights in 2005
    - Former country player of the year
    - Played in France
    - Coached our Harold Matthews team in 2011
    - Coached our SG Ball team in 2013
    - Currently coaching St Pats Bathurst in Group 10 RL Competition (2017)

    Chris Mandalidis (Knights Player #124)

    - Born 10/1/75
    - Prop
    - Played 6 games in the NRL, All for the Knights in 1999

    Kevin Henderson (Knights Player #168)

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    - Born 10/1/81 in Torquay, Devon, England
    - Second Rower
    - Played 4 games total in the NRL - for Newcastle in 2004
    - Also played Super league in the UK from 2005-2011
    - Represented Scotland for 4 games in 2008
    - Brother of Andrew & Ian Henderson

    Carlos Tuimavave (Knights Player #259)

    - Born 10/1/90 in Auckland, NZ
    - Fullback / Centre / Five-Eighth
    - Played 5 games for the Knights in 2015
    - Also played for the Warriors
    - Currently playing for Hull FC in the ESL

    David Bhana (Knights Player #263)

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    - Born 10/1/93 in Auckland, NZ
    - Northcote Junior
    - Lock / Second Rower
    - Played for the Warriors in Holden Cup
    - Junior Kiwi Representative
    - Debuted Round 1, 2016
    - Has played 7 games for the Knights so far
    - Released by the Knights in 2017

    Clinton O'Brien (Knights Player #121)

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    - Born 10/1/74 in Southport, QLD
    - Prop
    - Represented QLD twice in 1997
    - Part of our 2001 Premiership winnng team
    - Played 59 games for the Knights 1999-2002
    - Also played for the Roosters and Gold Coast Chargers
    - Finished his career in England playing for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

    Justin Holbrook (Knights Player #127)

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    - Born 13/1/76
    - Halfback / Hooker
    - Played 5 games for Newcastle between 1999 & 2000
    - Also played for Penrith Panthers & Sydney City Roosters
    - Coached St George Illawarra Dragons NYC team 2011-2013
    - Coached Parramatta Under 20s team
    - Currently the coach of St Helens in the ESL
     
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    Where are they now: Jarrod O'Doherty


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    Thu 11 Jan 2018, 03:57 PM



    The history of the nib Newcastle Knights is kept alive by the many men who have pulled on the red and blue jersey since the Club’s inaugural year in 1988.

    Knights TV has tracked down some of the best through the years to see where they are now and what their lives look like after footy.

    It’s been more than 20 years since Jarrod O’Doherty first ran out for the red and blues, but looking back admits it was some of the best years of his life.

    “It was a great experience,” O’Doherty told Knights TV.

    “Having grown up here in the Hunter, dreaming of playing for the Knights and then getting the opportunity to do that was great.

    “I formed some life-long friendships and there’s some mates that I’m still really close to, which is something really important to me and something I cherish.”

    O’Doherty had two stints with the Knights, from 1997 to 1998 and then was back for the Club in 2001 to 2002, while also playing locally for Wests.

    The gutsy forward also got the opportunity to play abroad in 2003.

    “I went to Huddersfield and played in the super league so that was an enormous life experience and something I owe footy a lot for the experience I got,” he reminisced.

    While some players were full-time on the field, O’Doherty was one of the many in those days who still had to hold down a full-time job, which helped his transition to life off the field.



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    “I was probably fortunate in some respects that while I played footy, I was never one of the higher paid players, I worked a lot of the time while I played,” O’Doherty explained.

    “It got me into this industry (hospitality retail) and gave me some foundations in something that I could do after footy and build a career outside of rugby league.

    “That’s something players really need to be aware of because footy doesn’t go forever and you need to have some sort of traction so you can make that transition a little bit easier.”

    Home from England after retiring from the game, O’Doherty started a business which he worked on building up over time and just a few years ago bought a small operation locally.

    “I built that up and in August last year we merged with Reward Hospitality which is a multi-national company, so I have got a strong partnership with those guys in this market,” O’Doherty added.

    “They recognise a need for a local presence in this market and how parochial the Newcastle market is, and the partnership has worked really well and we’re growing really strongly.

    “Another thing current players should realise is the network that you make through playing sport in this town is very powerful.



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    “They can potentially leverage themselves to create a life outside of footy when they finish.”

    On the new committee for the Old Boys, O’Doherty is still heavily involved within the Club that he loves and is thankful for the platform it has provided him.

    “I’m very passionate about the Knights,” said O’Doherty.

    “The Old Boys come together regularly and my position on the committee has elevated that for me.

    “I’m looking forward to the next 12 months where we are making some differences and building on the great work that the guys before us have put in place.”

    And the former Knight is excited about what’s ahead for the red and blues, with a new look team in 2018.

    “The young guys have been fantastic and their experiences over the last couple of years will put them in good stead for opportunities in first grade for the next couple of years.

    “There are some good young kids there, Brock Lamb, Sam Stone and a number of others and I think it is really important to the people of this town that kids come through from their junior club and play here.

    “There’s been some big opportunities to bring in some superior players and strengthen the squad, so all looks well for a fantastic season.”


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/01/11/where-are-they-now-jarrod-odoherty/
     
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    Happy birthday to the following players who celebrate a Birthday this week !!

    James McManus (Knights Player #186)

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    - Born 15/1/86 in Banff, Scotland
    - "Jimmy" "Jimmy Mac" "The Flying Scotsman"
    - Katherine Bushrangers Junior
    - Wing
    - Played 166 games for the Knights from 2007-2015
    - Has equal most tries in a match for the club at 4 in Round 16, 2013
    - Has represented NSW 3 times from 2009-2014
    - Has represented Country 5 times from 2009-2015
    - Equal Top Tryscorer in the NRL in 2013
    - Suffered a serious head knock/concussion in 2015
    - Announced his retirement in August 2016 after not playing at all that year
    - Launched legal proceeding against the Knights in 2017 over the club's handling of his concussions

    John Schuster (Knights Player #60)

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    - Born 17/1/64 in Apia, Samoa
    - Winger / Centre
    - Dual International
    - Represented New Zealand 10 times 1987-1989
    - Represented Samoa / Western Samoa 5 times 1995-1999
    - Played 47 games for the Knights
    - Also played for Halifax in the ESL

    Beau Henry (Knights Player #222)

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    - Born 17/1/90 in Shellharbour, NSW
    - Five-Eighth
    - Played 6 games for the Knights in 2011
    - Was released mid season after being told he was not required in 2012 by incoming coach Wayne Bennett
    - Played 8 games for Gold Coast Titans
    - 2009 Toyota Cup player of the year
    - Last known whereabouts playing for Wenworthville Magpies in NSW Cup (2015)

    Tony Kemp (Knights Player #19)

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    - Born 18/1/68
    - Utility
    - Played 87 games for the Knights 1988-1993
    - Also played for the South Queensland Crushers
    - Also played alot in the ESL for Castleford, Wakefield and Leeds
    - Represented New Zealand 25 times
    - Went on to coach the Warriors for 37 games 2004-2005
    - Currently commentates Rugby League for Maori Television
    - Appointed New Zealand Kiwis team manger in 2010

    Greg Smith (Knights Player #123)

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    - Born 18/1/73 in USA
    - Definitely our most bizarre player story. In a nutshell somehow he pretended to be an NFL player and got a game with us which turned out to be the worst performance by any player in history, It's quite the story find some more details here

    Anthony Quinn (Knights Player #144)

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    - "Quinny"
    - Born 19/1/83 in Penrith, NSW
    - Wing / Centre
    - Played 103 games for the Knights 2002-2006
    - Also played with the Melbourne Storm
    - Returned to the Knights in 2013 playing 4 more games
    - Represented Country 3 times 2006-2008
    - Represented NSW 3 times in 2008
    - Retired in 2014 due to injury
    - Was involved with the club in a mentoring role
    - Currently employed as a Player Engagement Manager with the RLPA

    Tyrone Amey (Knights Player #288)

    - Born 20/1/96 in Gosford, NSW
    - Prop / Lock
    - Has played 1 game for the Knights so far
    - Souths Lakes Junior
    - Re-signed with the Knights until the end of 2018
     
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    Where are they now: Brad Godden


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    Thu 18 Jan 2018, 11:46 AM



    The history of the nib Newcastle Knights is kept alive by the many men who have pulled on the red and blue jersey since the Club’s inaugural year in 1988.

    Knights TV has tracked down some of the best through the years to see where they are now and what their lives look like after footy.

    Brad Godden may have made his NRL debut with the Knights in 1991, but it all started back in the Club's inaugural year of 1988 playing Jersey Flegg.

    Born and bred in Newcastle, the former Australia representative recalls the awesome memories he had playing for the Club.

    “It was a long time ago but I still love thinking about my time there,” Godden smiled.

    “I had eight years with the Knights all up, a year at the Hunter Mariners... and a couple of years in England.

    “I really enjoyed my time in England, but retired in 1999 and have been working hard ever since back in the real world.”



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    Unlike these days, most rugby league players back then both worked and played the game.

    “In the first few years up until 1995 I was working as well as playing, mainly in the building game with a few of the other Knights boys, Robbie McCormack and Glenn Miller... we worked together in the construction industry,” said Godden.

    “In 1995 when the Super League war hit, things changed for everyone and I became full time from then for the next three, four years.

    “It was good to get a taste of the full-time career.”

    Godden hung up the boots after his stint with Leeds Rhinos in England in 1999 and continued his work within the building industry.

    “I worked in the building industry for the next few years, did a few home renovations, bought and sold a couple of little houses and then got into scaffolding with Robbie McCormack who had a business in Newcastle with another guy,” Godden explained.

    “In 2013, I bought a section of that business off them, the residential, commercial section and went out on my own.

    “It has been busy the last two or three years and I can’t see anything changing in the near future.”

    The former fullback admits times have changed for players, but still believes it’s vital for young players to think ahead for when they finish up in the game.

    “For a lot of the young guys, it would be good for them to do a trade or some sort of employment, just to keep their minds ticking over and give them a bit of a break away from footy,” explained Godden.

    “It’s a difficult transition for a lot of guys coming from full-time footy back into the working environment."

    It doesn’t matter that Godden has been absent from the game for a long time, he’s still kept in close contact with a lot of the Knights Old Boys.

    “I still holiday every Christmas and Easter with Mark Sargent, Robbie McCormack and Steve Fulmer, and we’ve got a really good base of friends from way back that still get together and have a few beers here and there,” Godden said.

    “That’s what footy is all about, making friends and life-long friends.”

    And now with a new-look Knights outfit, Godden is excited for what’s ahead in 2018.

    “The last three years haven’t been the best for us but the group of players they have got together now, the younger guys that have played the last few years and have got a lot more experience, it looks to be an exciting year ahead.

    “Footy has changed since we played so a lot of the things they do, the training, it’s all changed and even the game itself is so much different to when we played.

    “It’s still good to be around the game, go to the games and be involved on a small scale.”


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/01/18/where-are-they-now-brad-godden2/
     
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    Happy birthday to the following players who celebrate a Birthday this week !!

    Brock Lamb (Knights Player #274)

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    - Born 22/1/97 in Maitland, NSW
    - Australian Schoolboys Representative
    - Five Eighth
    - West Maitland Reddogs Junior
    - Debuted Round 9, 2016
    - Has played 24 games so far for the Knights
    - Contracted until the end of 2018

    Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Knights Player #287)

    - Born 23/1/88 in Brisbane, QLD
    - Centre / Winger
    - Has played over 200 NRL Games
    - Has played 6 games for the Knights so far
    - 2013 Premiership winner with the Roosters
    - 2x Four Nations winner with NZ in 2010 and 2014
    - Has played 21 tests for New Zealand
    - Has scored 124 career tries
    - Contracted until 2019

    Robbie Ross (Knights Player #83)

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    - Born 24/1/75 in Newcastle, NSW
    - Fullback / Winger
    - Played 20 games for the Knights in 1994-1995
    - Also played for Brisbane Broncos, Hunter Mariners & Melbourne Storm
    - Represented NSW for 3 games in 1999
    - Represented Australia for 1 game in 1999
    - Retired in 2004 after discovering a bulging disc in his back

    Ben Donaldson (Knights Player #134)

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    - Born 24/1/79
    - Hooker
    - Played 9 games for the Knights 2000-2001

    Dane Tilse (Knights Player #169)

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    - Born 24/1/85 in Scone, NSW
    - Prop
    - Played 3 games for the Knights in 2004
    - Was sacked by the Knights for a sexual assault allegation and banned from playing NRL for 12 months
    - Played for Canberra Raiders 2006 - 2014
    - Was the tallest player in the NRL at 201 cm
    - Currently playing Maitland in the Real NRL
     
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    Rodney Howe (Knights Player #72)

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    - Born 31/1/73 in Newcastle, NSW
    - Prop
    - Played 156 first grade games 1992-2004
    - Played 10 games for the Knights 1992-1993
    - Also played for the Western Reds & Melbourne Storm
    - In 1998, was banned for one year for using banned steroids - apparently to help overcome a knee injury
    - Represented NSW 9 times 1997-2001
    - Represented Australia 5 times 1997-2000
    - Won a premiership with the Melbourne Storm in 1999
    - Won a sports edition Weakest Link episode in 2001

    Josh Smith (Knights Player #150)

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    - Born 31/1/79
    - Centre / Winger
    - Played 6 games for the Knights in 2003
    - Also played 3 games for the Northern Eagles

    Richard Clarke (Knights Player #45)

    - Born 3/2/62
    - Prop
    - Played one game for the Knights in 1989
    - Represented France for one game in 1993

    Tony Butterfield (Knights Player #2)

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    - "Butts"
    - Born 4/2/66 in Penrith, NSW
    - Prop
    - One of only 7 players to play 200+ games for the Knights
    - Played 229 games for the Knights 1988-2000
    - Captained the Knights for 46 games from 1997-2000
    - Part of our Premiership winning team in 1997
    - Won Players Player 1996 & 1997
    - Also played for the Panthers
    - Represented Country once in 1989
    - Represented NSW once in 1998
    - Former President of the RLPA 2000-2006
    - Retired in 2000

    Josh Perry (Knights Player #137)

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    - Born 4/2/81 in Newcastle, NSW
    - Prop
    - Played 142 games for the Knights between 2000 & 2007
    - Also played for Manly
    - Also played for St Helens in the ESL
    - Has a brother James who plays in the American NRL
    - Represented Country in 5 games from 2001 - 2009
    - Represented NSW in 3 games from 2003 - 2010
    - Represented Australia in 4 games from 2008 - 2010
    - Stars in a story about watching the Knights win the 1997 Grand Final and telling his mum he wanted to be there and then 4 years later was a part of the 2001 Grand Final winning team

    Kevin Naiqama (Knights Player #220)


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    - Born 4/2/89 in Sutherland, NSW
    - Winger / Centre
    - Younger brother of Wes Naiqama
    - Represented Fiji 5 times in 2013
    - Scored 9 tries in 15 games for the Knights 2010-2013
    - Finished with the Knights in 2013
    - Currently playing for the Wests Tigers (2017)
     
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    Luke MacDougall (Knights Player #195)

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    - Born 5/2/82 in Sydney, NSW
    - Centre
    - "Mad Pup"
    - Brother of Adam & Ben MacDougall
    - Played 2 games for the Knights in 2007
    - Also played for the Sharks, Rabbitohs, Dragons, Storm & Bulldogs for 72 games total

    Alex McKinnon (Knights Player #232)

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    - Born 5/2/92 in Aberdeen, NSW
    - Second Rower / Lock
    - Played 49 games for the Knights
    - Represented Country once in 2013
    - Junior Kangaroo
    - NSW Under 20's Origin player
    - In Round 3 2014 suffered a severe spinal injury which ended his career, Was in a coma for 2 weeks and diagnosed a Quadriplegic
    - Became engaged to his partner Tegan in 2014 just a week after waking from his coma
    - His Knights contract was extended after the injury and the NRL has offered him a job for life
    - Rise for Alex round was celebrated Round 19, 2014
    - Quit his job at the Knights to pursuit an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management

    Danny Buderus (Knights Player #103)

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    - "Bedsy"
    - Born 6/2/78 in Taree, NSW
    - Father of 3 with wife Kris
    - One of only 7 players to play 200+ games for the Knights
    - Played a club record 257 games in the NRL
    - Captained the Knights for 67 games 2004-2012
    - Dally M Hooker of the year 2002, 2004 and 2005
    - Dally M Representative Player of the year 2002
    - Dally M Medal Winner 2004
    - Brad Fittler Medal Winner 2009
    - Represented Australia in 24 games 2001-2006
    - Represented NSW in 21 games 2002-2008
    - Captained NSW 15 Times (Second most of all time)
    - Part of our 2001 Premiership winning Team
    - Finished his career in week 3 of the finals 2013 by being knocked unconscious only 18 minutes in to a game we lost
    - After the sacking of coach Rick Stone toward the end of 2015 he became the temporary head coach
    - Assistant coach in 2016
    - Currently a commentator on Fox Sports

    Tariq Sims (Knights Player #256)

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    - Born 9/2/90 in Gerringong, NSW
    - 2010 Toyota Cup Player of the Year
    - Second Rower / Lock
    - Played 27 games for the Knights 2015-2016
    - Has represented Country 6 times 2012-2017
    - Represented Fiji 5 times in 2013
    - Brother of Ruan, Ashton and Korbin Sims
    - Signed with St George for the 2017 season early in 2016 but ended up getting an early release

    Glenn Miller (Knights Player #6)

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    - Born 10/2/64
    - Centre / Winger
    - Played 84 games for the Knights 1988-1992
    - Also played for the Panthers
    - Captained the Knights 3 times in 1988
    - Played 84 games for the Knights from 1988-1992
    - Also played for the Penrith Panthers 1986-1987

    Bill Peden (Knights Player #86)

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    - Born 10/2/70 in Cessnock, NSW
    - Lock / Hooker
    - Played 190 games for the Knights from 1994-2002
    - Captained the Knights in 13 games from 2000-2002
    - Part of our premiership winning teams of 1997 and 2001
    - Also played for the London Broncos
    - Retired in 2003

    Michael Young (Knights Player #164)

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    - Born 11/2/84 in Camden, NSW
    - Utility
    - Played 20 games for the Knights 2004-2008
     
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    Russell Richardson (Knights Player #160)

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    - Born 12/2/77 in Dubbo, NSW
    - Centre
    - Played 7 games for the Knights in 2004 - his final season
    - Also played for Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks & South Sydney Rabbitohs totalling 121 first grade games
    - Retired in 2004 aged 27
    - Represented Australia 3 times (Twice in the Super League years and once in 1999)
    - Since the year 2000 years 3 & 4 in Western NSW have competed annually for the Russell Richardson Cup. This, combined with the David Peachey Shield has attracted sometimes more than 250 teams
    - Last known whereabouts was as owner of the King Street Hotel and Argyle House (formerly Fanny's) in Newcastle and Chairman of the Newcastle Hamilton Liquor accord

    Josh King (Knights Player #273)

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    - Born 12/2/95 in Maitland, NSW
    - Prop / Lock
    - Debuted Round 7, 2016
    - Has played 27 games for the Knights so far
    - Continues to work in the coal mines while playing
    - Rumoured to only train once a week
    - Contracted until the end of 2018

    Leo Dynevor (Knights Player #101)

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    - Born 13/2/74
    - Five Eighth / Halfback
    - Played 19 games for the Knights in 1997
    - Also played for Western Suburbs

    Sean Rudder (Knights Player #116)

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    - Born 13/2/79 in Singleton, NSW
    - Five-Eighth / Second Rower
    - Played 131 games for the Knights 1998-2003
    - Part of our premiership winning team in 2001
    - Also played 1 game for the Roosters in 2008
    - Also played for the Castleford Tigers and Catalans Dragons in the ESL
    - Retired in 2008

    Matthew Kennedy (Knights Player #152)

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    - Born 13/2/81 in Nambour, QLD
    - Prop
    - Played 45 games for the Knights 2003-2005

    Adam Clydsdale (Knights Player # 244)

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    - Born 13/2/93 in Scone, NSW
    - Hooker
    - Scone Junior
    - Played 40 games for the Knights
    - 2009 Harold Matthews Player of the year
    - 2011 SG Ball Player of the year & Players Player
    - 2012 NYC Player of the year & Players Player
    - Debuted in first grade Round 9, 2013 against the Canberra Raiders
    - Currently playing for Maitland after quitting the NRL

    Jamie Fitzgerald (Knights Player #163)

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    - Born 14/2/79 in Mudgee, NSW
    - Hooker
    - Played 5 games for the Knights in 2004
    - Also played for North Sydney Bears, St George Illawarra Dragons & South Sydney Rabbitohs
    - Switched to Rugby Union and played successfully for Mudgee

    Paterika Vaivai (Knights Player #251)

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    - Born 14/2/92 in Salamumu, Samoa
    - Prop
    - Played 6 games for the Knights
    - Under 20's coaching award winner in 2012
    - NZ Residents Under 16's Player
    - NZ Residents Under 18's Player
    - Was released in 2015 after a brawl in public
    - Also played for the Gold Coast Titans
    - Currently playing for Leigh in the ESL

    Andrew Tangata-Toa (Knights Player #79)

    - Born 15/2/74
    - Winger
    - Played 10 games for the Knights 1993-1996
    - Represented Tonga
    - Also played for the St George Dragons & Huddersfield Giants

    Milton Thaiday (Knights Player #180)

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    - Born 15/2/80 in Lismore, NSW
    - Fullback
    - Played 29 games for the Knights 2005-2007
    - Cousin of Broncos, QLD and Australian forward Sam Thaiday
    - Also played for the NSW Waratahs

    Chris Houston (Knights Player #202)

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    - "House" "Howzo"
    - Born 15/2/85 in NSW
    - Played 138 games for the Knights from 2008-2014
    - Played 16 games for St George Illawarra
    - Represented Country once in 2011
    - Voluntarily terminated his contract with the Knights in 2010 after being served notice to attend court on charges of supplying drugs of which he was later cleared
    - Re-signed with the Knights in 2011
    - Highest tackle count of the NRL in 2012 with 992
    - Finished up with the Knights in 2015
    - Currently playing for Widnes (2018)

    Rick Stone (Coach)

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    - Born 14/2/67
    - Played 3 games for Souths in 1989
    - Played 13 seasons with the Burleigh Bears in the QLD Cup
    - Was our interim coach from 2009-2011 when Brian Smith resigned
    - Head Coach of the Fijian national team 2011-2014
    - Signed on to be Knights head coach again 2015-2016
    - Currently coaching Huddersfield in the ESL
    - His son Sam is currently playing for the Knights
     
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    Where are they now: Matt Parsons


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    Mon 12 Feb 2018, 12:17 PM



    This history of the nib Newcastle Knights is kept alive by the many men who have pulled on the red and blue jersey since the Club’s inaugural year in 1988.

    Knights TV has tracked down some of the best through the years to see where they are now and what their lives look like after footy.

    Representative prop Matt Parsons played 106 games for the Knights and was part of the historic 2001 premiership winning team.

    Now living in Werris Creek near Tamworth, Matt is still a devoted red and blues fan and although 14 years have passed since he hung up the boots on his NRL career with the Club, there’s still fond memories he’ll never shake.

    “I finished in 2004 but my memories are pretty strong considering I went to Newcastle from South (Sydney Rabbitohs) and we were battling at that stage,” Matt said.

    “We were able to win more games than we lost at Newcastle which was a good difference for me.

    “In 2000, we had a really good team and blew the semi-final, but to be able to come back in 2001 and win the grand final made up for it.”

    Lucky for Matt, he only worked and played in the early days of his professional football career but coming from a hard-working family, getting back into the workforce was never really a problem.

    “When I finished footy, I was working for Carlton United Breweries in Newcastle before I got a job up here in Tamworth,” Matt explained.

    “At that job I was away a lot, so I gave it away and went into my own businesses.

    “I’ve got a dairy farmers run, a franchise with my wife at our property, and I’m in the Newsagency with my in-laws, so I’m pretty busy.

    “I grew up working all the time and only had a few years out of it while I was playing footy, so I was able to go back into work without too many issues.”

    The former Knight believes it’s important to have the right mentality when you finally decide to retire from the game.

    “When you’re ready to get out, you need to be able to get up out of bed every morning and go to work, and work full days,” he added.

    “I think the guys get into trouble who want their money easy and don’t realise you’ve got to work hard, even when you finish footy, so you need to have that work ethic behind you.

    “I came from a hard-working, salt-of-the-earth background where my dad was a shearer and my mum worked for Telstra so I just had that bred into me.”

    While he may not be in Knights heartland near Tamworth, Matt admits there’s still a lot of country fans nearby who follow Newcastle in the NRL.

    “A lot of country people have their favourites and even their second teams as Newcastle because they can associate with Newcastle being a blue-collar sort of town,” Matt maintained.

    “I watch the Knights play every week so I share all the fans frustrations at times.

    “I’ve got three boys who follow the Knights as well so we’re still pretty keen on the team from up here.”

    And while the Club has struggled to perform in the last three years, Matt is certain significant improvement is on the way for 2018.

    “Things look like they’re definitely on the improve but we do have to take into account that we have won three wooden spoons in a row,” he said.

    “The guys look to have recruited well and we’re moving along the right lines.

    “I don’t think anyone’s lost a lot of faith in the last few years, but I think like everyone else, we’re all looking for a bit of improvement.

    “Let’s win more games and go from there.”


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    Gavin Hanrahan (Knights Player #4)

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    - Born 19/2/65
    - Centre / Winger
    - Played 9 games for the Knights in 1988
    - Also played for Balmain Tigers 1984-1987
    - Currently working for a Newcastle law firm (2017)

    George Ndaira (Knights Player #213)

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    - Born 22/2/85 in Sydney, NSW
    - Hooker
    - Played 8 games for the Knights from 2009-2010
    - Also played for St George Illawarra Dragons & South Sydney
    - Represented Lebanon in 9 games from 2007 - 2009 scoring 2 tries and 13 goals
    - Captain/coach of the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs in the Newcastle Rugby League Competition in 2013
    - Knights NSW Cup Assistant Coach (2014-2016)
    - Currently an Assistant Coach with the Newtown Jets

    Adam Cuthbertson (Knights Player #231)

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    - "Cuthbo"
    - Born 24/2/85 in Avalon, NSW
    - Prop / Second Rower
    - Junior Club: Avalon Bulldogs
    - Made his NRL debut in 2006 for Manly Sea Eagles
    - Played 53 games for the Knights 2012-2014
    - Also played for Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and St George Illawarra Dragons
    - Represented City twice between 2011 & 2013
    - Currently playing for Leeds Rhinos (2017)
     
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    Darren Albert (Knights Player #94)

    - Born 1976 in Auburn, NSW
    - Winger
    - Scored the winning try in the 1997 Grand Final
    - Played 89 games for the Knights from 1996-2001
    - 10th Highest try scorer in Knights History (65 tries)
    - Also played 23 games for the Cronulla Sharks in 2006
    - Represented Country for 2 games in 1997 & 2001
    - Represented NSW for 1 game in 1999
    - Played 118 games for St Helens in Super League UK from 2002-2005
    - Won a premiership with St Helens in 2002

    Anthony Tupou (Knights Player #286)

    - Born 1/3/83 in Newcastle, NSW
    - Lock / Second Rower
    - Played 4 games for the Knights
    - Also played for the Sharks, Roosters and Wakefield
    - Has played 265 NRL Games
    - Has represented Country twice in 205 and 2009
    - Has represented NSW 4 times 2007-2008
    - Has represented Australia 11 times 2006-2008
    - Played for the NRL All Stars in 2010
    - Announced his retirement in 2017

    Todd Bates (Knights Player #151)

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    - Born 2/3/83
    - Halfback
    - Played 4 games in the NRL, All for Newcastle in 2003

    Jack Stockwell (Knights Player #255)

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    - Born 2/3/92 in Campbelltown, NSW
    - Picton Magpies Junior
    - Prop / Lock
    - Member of the 2012 NSW Cup Team of the Year
    - Represented NSW in under 20s
    - Junior Kangaroo in 2012
    - Has played 28 games with the Knights so far
    - Injured his Bicep in round 13, 2015 and didn't play again that year
    - Dating Ex-Knights cheerleader Tayla Doran
    - Released by the Knights in 2017

    Shane Vincent (Knights Player #87)

    - Born 3/3/73
    - Centre
    - Played 3 games for Newcastle in 1994
    - Also played for Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs & North Queensland Cowboys

    Neil Piccinelli (Knights Player #110)

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    - Born 4/3/67
    - Second Rower / Lock
    - Made his NRL debut in 1989
    - Played 26 games for the Knights in 1998
    - Played 145 games for the Illawarra Steelers
    - Named in the Steelers 25th Anniversary Team & was Steelers player of the year in 1993
    - Also played for the Hunter Mariners
    - Announced his retirement in 1999
     
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    Steve Linnane (Knights Player #57)

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    - Born 5/3/65 in Sydney, NSW
    - Five Eighth / Halfback
    - Dally M Rookie of the year 1985
    - Former Captain/Coach of Kurri Kurri
    - Played 18 games for the Knights in 1991
    - Also played for the St George Dragons 1985-1990

    Ashley Gordon (Knights Player #46)

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    - "Flash"
    - Born 6/3/69
    - Winger
    - Scored 38 tries in 71 games for the Knights
    - Played 1 season with the Panthers before returning to the Knights in 1995
    - Dally M Winger of the Year 1990
    - Represented Country twice 1991-1995
    - Second Cousin of former Sharks player Isaac Gordon

    Luke Yates (Knights Player #283)

    - Born 6/3/95 in Taree, NSW
    - West Newcastle Junior
    - Lock / Prop
    - Has played 19 games for the Knights so far
    - Contracted until the end of 2018

    Blake Mueller (Knights Player #156)

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    - Born 10/3/82 in Newcastle, NSW
    - Second Rower / Lock
    - Brother of fellow Knights player Brock Mueller
    - Played 15 games with the Knights 2003-2005
    - Set a record for number of tackles in a game in reserve grade

    Mike McLean (Knights Player #58)

    - Born 11/3/63
    - Second Rower / Lock
    - Represented QLD 5 times 1991-1992
    - Played 17 games for the Knights in 1991
    - Also played for the Roosters and Gold Coast Seagulls
    - Operates a bar in Bowen, QLD

    Kirk Reynoldson (Knights Player #170)

    - "Ned Kelly"
    - Born 11/3/79 in Brisbane, QLD
    - Prop / Second Rower / Lock
    - Captained the Knights for 1 game in 2007
    - Played 41 games for the Knights from 2005-2007
    - Also played for the Melbourne Storm and St George Illawarra Dragons

    Daniel Abraham (Knights Player #136)

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    - Born 11/3/81 in Belmont, NSW
    - Second Rower / Lock
    - Valentine junior
    - Played 100 games for the Knights 2000-2007
    - Part of our premiership winning team in 2001
    - Also played 6 games for the North Queensland Cowboys
    - Played his final game in the NRL against Newcastle in 2008
    - Represented Country twice 2003-2004
    - Played for the Macquarie Scorpions in the Real NRL
    - Retired after the 2017 season
     
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    Herman Ese’ese (Player #289)
    Slade Griffin (Player #290)
    Aidan Guerra (Player #291)
    Chris Heighington (Player #292)
    Jacob Lillyman (Player #293)
    Tautau Moga (Player #294)
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    Kalyn Ponga (Player #296)
    Connor Watson (Player #297)
     
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    Lee Jackson (Knights Player #97)

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    - Born 12/3/69 in England
    - Hooker
    - Played 58 games for the Knights 1996-1998
    - Also played for Souths
    - Also played for Leeds & Hull in the UK Superleague
    - Represented Great Britain for 17 games from 1990-1994
    - Represented England for 6 games in 1995
    - Holds the record for the fastest ever try scored in either code of rugby - 9 seconds - set in 1992
    - Last known working in Hull as a Taxi Driver

    Will Pearsall (Knights Player #272)

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    - Born 12/3/95 in Young, NSW
    - Debuted Round 6, 2016
    - Five Eighth / Halfback
    - Played 3 games for the Knights
    - Released by the Knights in 2017 and subsequently quit Rugby League

    Ben Kennedy (Knights Player #130)

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    - "BK"
    - Born 14/3/74 in Casino, NSW
    - Second Rower / Lock
    - Played 86 games for the Knights 2000-2004
    - Part of our Premiership Winning team in 2001
    - Captained the Knights in 9 games 2001-2004
    - Also played for Manly and the Raiders
    - Represented Country once in 2003
    - Represented NSW 13 times 1999-2005
    - Represented Australia 16 times 2000-2006
    - Dally M Lock of the Year 2005 and 2006
    - Dally M Captain of the Year 2006

    David Smith (Knights Player #77)

    - Born 15/3/68
    - Centre / Winger
    - Played 13 games for the Knights 1993-1994
    - Played a further 74 games for the Roosters 1987-1991

    Michael Ennis (Knights Player #159)

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    - Born 16/3/84 in Coffs Harbour, NSW
    - Dally M Hooker of the Year 2009
    - Represented Country 3 times 2009-2013
    - Represented NSW 8 times 2009-2011
    - Played 20 games for the Knights 2004-2005
    - Has also played for the Broncos, Dragons and Bulldogs
    - Signed a 3 year deal with Cronulla beginning 2015
    - Retired after the 2016 season finishing with 273 NRL Games and a Premiership with the Sharks

    Neville Costigan (Knights Player #221)

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    - Born 16/3/85 in Rabaul, PNG
    - Forum punching bag
    - Prop / Lock / Second Rower
    - Represented QLD 6 times 2007-2010
    - Represenetd PNG 6 times 2008-2013
    - Played 57 games for the Knights 2011-2013
    - Has also played for the Broncos, Raiders and Dragons
    - Left the Knights at the end of 2013 to play for Hull KR in the ESL
    - Retired in 2016

    Charlie McAlister (Knights Player #31)

    - Born 17/3/63
    - Centre
    - Played 1 game for the Knights in 1988
    - Also played Rugby Union in the UK
    - Father of All Black Luke McAlister and NZ netball player Kayla McAlister

    Brian Smith (Coach)

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    - Born 14/3/54
    - Played 31 games of first grade
    - Coached over 500 NRL games from 1984 - 2012 including stints at the Dragons, Parramatta and the Roosters
    - Coached at the Knights from 2007 until Mid 2009 when he received an early release after signing with the Roosters for 2010
    - Has been to 4 Grand Finals as a coach and never won a Premiership and on 3 of those occasions he lost to Wayne Bennett
    - Coached Bradford, Hull FC and Wakefield in the ESL
    - In Total Brian coached 675 games for 352 wins, 11 draws, 312 losses and retired with a winning percentage of 52%
     
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    Shane Christensen (Knights Player #50)

    - Born 20/3/70
    - Hooker
    - Played 3 games for the Knights in 1990
    - Also played 10 games for the Cowboys

    Marvin Filipo (Knights Player #225)

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    - Born 20/3/87 in Auckland, New Zealand
    - Second Rower
    - Played 4 games for the Knights in 2011
    - Was named in the NSW Cup team of the year in 2012
    - Was released from the Knights mid 2013 and returned in 2014
    - Currently plays for the Cessnock Goannas in the Real NRL (2017)

    Todd Polglase (Knights Player #187)

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    - Born 21/3/81 in Cessnock, NSW
    - Winger
    - Played 48 games in the NRL
    - Played 7 games for the Knights in 2007

    Mickey Paea (Knights Player #271)

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    - Born 25/3/1986 in Auburn, NSW
    - Prop
    - Previous clubs include the Dragons, Roosters and Bulldogs
    - Played 96 games in the ESL
    - Minto Cobras Junior
    - Has played 12 tests for Tonga
    - Played 20 games for the Knights
    - Left the Knights to go back to the ESL in 2018

    Jacob Gagan (Knights Player #285)

    - Born 25/3/93 in Westmead, NSW
    - Cabramatta Two Blues Junior
    - Winger / Centre
    - Played 1 game for the Knights
    - Also played for the Cronulla Sharks
    - Left the Knights after 2017 to take up a 1 year deal with Souths
     
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    James Goulding (Knights Player #23)

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    - Born 27/3/66 in New Zealand
    - Second Rower / Prop
    - Represented New Zealand 5 times 1985-1989
    - Played 29 games for the Knights 1988-1990
    - Also played for the Western Reds and Hull KR in the ESL
    - Last known whereabouts: living on the Gold Coast 2011

    Brett Clements (Knights Player #105)

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    - Born 28/3/73
    - Hooker
    - Played 19 games for the Knights in 1997-1998
    - Also played for the Bulldogs

    Kalyn Ponga (Knights Player #296)

    - Born 30/3/98 in Port Hedland, WA
    - Fullback / Winger / Five-Eighth
    - Has played 3 games for the Knights so far
    - Souths Mackay Junior
    - Played a number of sports as a kid including rugby league, touch football, hockey, rugby union, golf, and soccer
    - Previously played for the Cowboys
    - Formally declared his representative allegiance to QLD and Australia in 2018
    - Was chased by several codes and teams including the Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm, Sydney Roosters, Queensland Reds and Brisbane Lions
    - Contracted until the end of 2021
     
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    Peter Johnston (Knights Player #38)

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    - Born 4/4/63
    - Prop
    - Played 45 games for the Knights 1989-1991
    - Also played for the Bulldogs and Roosters
    - Captained the Knights for 1 game in 1990

    Brad Tighe (Knights Player #174)

    - Born 5/4/84 in Moree, NSW
    - Centre / Winger
    - Played 44 games for the Knights 2005-2007
    - Also played for the Gold Coast Titans and the Panthers
    - Currently playing for the Wests Rosellas in the Real NRL

    Tony Townsend (Knights Player #11)

    - Born 7/4/61
    - Hooker
    - Played 25 games for the Knights 1988-1990
    - Also played for St George

    Mitchell Pearce (Knights Player #295)

    - Born 7/4/89 in Sydney, NSW
    - Halfback
    - Son of former Balmain legend Wayne Pearce
    - Has played 4 games for the Knights so far
    - Has played over 200 NRL Games
    - Asquith Magpies and North Ryde Hawks Junior
    - Previously played for the Roosters
    - Has represented NSW 18 times
    - Left the Roosters after they Signed Cooper Cronk
    - Current Co-Captain of the Knights
    - Contracted until the end of 2021
     
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    Special mention to Dave Woods who would've celebrated his 52nd Birthday today

    RIP, Gone but never forgotten

    Dave Woods (Knights Player #61)

    - Born 6/4/66
    - Prop
    - Committed Suicide New Years day 1996 at the age of 29
    - Played 12 games for the Knights in 1991
     
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