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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Always saddens to read Adrian Shelford's entry passing away at 39.
     
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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
     
  5. rhugh89

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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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