I might strike a nerve or two, but this is worth discussing and something I want to get off my chest. Apologies if I offend anyone... My rant: The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday that a fan quoted they didn't recognise many of the Knights (apart from Jarrod Mullen & Kurt Gidley) at a recovery session held at the beach. It was then reported that people do not go to games anymore because of this. Does anyone think this is a weak excuse? I currently love our squad of players, we were due for a new blend of youth. It's a side that has been yes recruited by Brian Smith - but also play a great style, Newcastle of old in attack. As Newcastle is a 'One Team, One Town' it seems the expectations are that at least 70% need to be from the Hunter area for them to attend. Is this seriously the fans problem? The recent Herald poll had 20% ? of people say I don't know any of the players anymore... is it due to the loss of Buderus, Johns, Gidley, O'Davis in the last 5 years. We would be in struggle town if we had local juniors Todd Lowrie, Reegan Tanner, Adam Woolnough who If I recall hardly get a game in the NRL anymore. Why is that I wonder ? It confuses me greatly. Would you like to see the likes of those mentioned above still running around in Knights jerseys ? Your kidding aren't you ? Teams like Bulldogs and their fans now relish the cleanout, no complaints from Souths fans either. The term 'Brian Smith has ruined Newcastle with recruiting players from outside the Hunter' should be thrown out the window. If anything it's embarrasing to know they aren't being as welcomed as a single player would coming into a town. (eg. Brian Carney) Maybe they need to win a GF to bring back the fans who are currently turning their back on them. Concluding, I was abit annoyed reading this as an excuse as to why people don't attend games. Not knowing who any of the players because they arent from Newcastle originally is a joke. Wake up!