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    Trent Hodkinson is also doing one, same deal, comment here or email before noon Friday.
     
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    Q&A with the CEO

    Wed 25th January, 12:29PM
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    Newcastle Knights CEO Matt Gidley has answered a variety of questions exclusively for Club Members.

    Question: You must be disappointed with the news last week regarding Jarrod Mullen?

    Matt Gidley: I spoke on behalf of the Club last week in regard to the news that came to light about Jarrod.

    It is obviously disappointing on a number of levels and not something we were expecting.

    As a Club we will continue our rigorous education programs and continue to employ professionals who have our players’ best interests at heart.

    Unfortunately, if a player decides to seek advice from individuals not employed by the Club, then the risks associated with this can become real and significant consequences can transpire.

    However, in circumstances such as last week, we will always continue to support a player’s welfare as they manage their challenging circumstances.

    Q: What are the Club’s plans in regard to improving team performance?

    MG: I think all any Club can realistically strive towards is to genuinely challenge to win a premiership once every decade.

    History tells us, that if you look back across the last 15-20 years, from when the salary cap was introduced into our game, this is largely what has transpired.

    In order to put your team in the ‘premiership window’ you need to build a cohesive team with a balance of talent, youth and experience, with a recent history of consistently featuring in finals football.

    A sprinkle of representative players who can bring further ‘big game experience’ back to their Club team further enhances the likelihood of a team being able to capitalise on their 'premiership window’.

    Our Club is now very focused on building a team/Club aligned with the aforementioned philosophy.

    Q: So just how will you achieve this?

    MG: The Club has now increased the investment into our junior development (Academy) to the highest in the Club’s history.

    We hope this investment will deliver a pipeline of talent into our NRL team year-on-year.

    Participation levels in our area are amongst the highest in the State.

    So in order to capitalise on this competitive advantage we decided to invest in the development of this talent to support the Clubs improvement.

    We also know that local players are proud to represent their home town and showcase their talents in front of their family and friends.

    Locally developed players also very clearly understand the values of our community and promote them proudly as ambassadors.

    In addition to this we will strategically recruit talent into our NRL team to support our local talent.

    The signing of Kalyn Ponga is a representation of this philosophy.

    The Club is now in a very strong position from a salary cap point of view to enter the market and continue to recruit talent that will improve the squad and the team’s performance.

    The Club is in negotiations with targeted players who we believe can improve the team’s performance both in the short and longer term.

    The final piece is to then retain this team and build the cohesion over a 3-5-year period and position the team for a legitimate challenge at a premiership.

    Q: Is it disappointing to lose a player such as Korbin Sims on the eve of the season? Surely he would have improved the team?

    MG: We have always said that we only want players that want to be at the Club.

    Our team believes in the direction of the Club and want to play a role in improving the performance of the team.

    Others will elect to move on and look for opportunities elsewhere.

    Ultimately we will build a team that grows together and is excited about playing, competing and winning in the red and blue and are proud to represent the people of Newcastle.

    Q: Is there any further update on Rory Kostjasyn or Pauli Pauli?

    MG: Not at this stage.

    Both are recovering and will miss the start of the season. Both injuries were sustained from accidents and unfortunately we need to accept this and move forward.

    I am confident both Rory and Pauli will still make valuable contributions to our team in the 2017 season despite a disrupted start to the year.

    Q: This is a tough period for Members and supporters, are you confident this rebuild will be the last for a while?

    MG: The loyalty of our sponsors, Members and supporters is second to none!

    We are confident the strategy we have undertaken will deliver improved results in the long term and the ability to challenge for a premiership as discussed earlier.

    The investment into our junior academy and the talent this will produce will also prevent any future rebuilds on the scale of the one we are currently working our way through.

    I look forward to celebrating with the Club's long-term loyal supporters who have remained committed during this rebuilding phase when this philosophy is realised.

    We all look forward to seeing you at our first home game of the season, when we host the Gold Coast Titans at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday March 11.


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    CEO Matt Gidley Q&A


    Thu 27th April, 12:08PM


    nib Newcastle Knights CEO Matt Gidley answered a wide range of questions this week, exclusively for Members and corporate partners.

    Q: Can you please provide an update in regards to the Club’s ownership?

    Matt Gidley: The NRL continue to manage the ownership process. Club management will do everything required to assist a sale process in order to achieve a stable, sustainable ownership for the Club. We will keep our Members and supporters informed of any genuine updates in regard to ownership as they arise.

    Q: You have mentioned previously the Club’s intention to build a Centre of Excellence, have the plans progressed?

    MG: The Club has submitted a final application to secure funding through the NSW National Rugby League Centres of Excellence program. Our final application is a very strong one and we are looking forward to a favourable outcome from this process. We are very confident if successful in this funding process that we can deliver a facility that will provide elite training facilities for elite athletes, support the identification and development of emerging talent and assist in the promotion of meaningful community programs into the Hunter and Regional NSW.

    We hope to learn of an outcome regarding funding from the government at some stage in June.

    Q: The Under 16s have performed strongly this season, does junior development remain a priority for the Club?

    MG: In 2017 we will invest more than ever in our junior development programs. This will continue into the future to ensure that we continue to identify, develop and promote the best junior talent into our NRL team. We have employed five full time staff across coaching, physical development, operations, recruitment and education and welfare in our junior program to ensure our junior talent are given the best opportunity to fulfil their potential as rugby league players.

    Our Under 16s are having a great season and we wish the team the very best of luck during the finals.

    Q: There is a salary cap in place to maintain an even competition, what could the governing body do to mitigate the current issues relating to TPA’s?

    MG: I have no issue whatsoever with our marquee players using their image to maximise their earning capacity through registered third party arrangements. However, I fully understand the frustration many of our Members and supporters have in regard to the influence third party agreements have in our game. I have expressed to the NRL the importance of ensuring that the salary cap value of players in their playing contracts closely resembles the market value of that player. The NRL has the ability to manage this process prior to registering any playing contracts. In my view, it is critical this governance is adopted immediately to ensure the salary cap can remain an effective tool to equalise the distribution of talent.

    Q: There is a lot of talk in the media about a host of players the Club is trying to recruit. Are you confident that we will be able to sign the players that you target?

    MG: Our Club is very well positioned to enter the player market and recruit players to complement our emerging players and improve the performance of the team. Our Club will continue to be linked with many players who are off contract and that is out of our control. At this stage we have signed Kalyn Ponga for 2018 to be our long term fullback at the Club. We will keep a close eye on the market with a view to bringing in additional players to strengthen our team. Given our playing group has been through a significant change in the last 18 months to revitalise our roster, we will not panic and recruit players we feel are overpriced, are not passionate about playing for our Club and representing our region or do not fit our long term strategy.

    Q: What are your recruitment priorities?

    MG: Shortly following our 2016 season we set out to strengthen the fullback, half/five-eighth, and front row positions. For various reasons we felt if the right players were available in these positions it would improve the development of the team quickly. We will continue to monitor the player market to add talent and depth to various positions and look forward to keeping our Members and supporters updated.

    Q: It is clear the team has improved this season, but are you satisfied with the team’s performance?

    MG: The level of commitment and effort from our young team has been fantastic and cannot be questioned. While losing Jarrod Mullen, Jamie Buhrer and Rory Kostjasyn has been a setback, our team needs to continue to compete with the same level of intensity to ensure we are able to convert the narrow losses in recent times to wins.

    Final word:

    On behalf of the Club, I would also like to acknowledge the exceptional support we have received this year from our Members and corporate partners. I have no doubt we have the best supporters in the game and it is important you understand that your passion will never be taken for granted. We will continue to strive to build a Club that you can be proud of and look forward to repaying your loyalty with inspired performances that reward your support and reflect your commitment.

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