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    Brock Lamb (Knights Player #274)

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    - Born 22/1/97 in Maitland, NSW
    - Australian Schoolboys Representative
    - Five Eighth / Halfback
    - West Maitland Reddogs Junior
    - Debuted Round 9, 2016
    - Played 32 games for the Knights
    - Currently signed with the Roosters

    Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Knights Player #287)

    - Born 23/1/88 in Brisbane, QLD
    - Centre / Winger
    - Has played over 200 NRL Games
    - Has played 30 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
    - His father John won a gold medal in javelin and a silver medal in shot put at the 2000 Paralympic Games
    - 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 6ft 7 (201 cm)
     
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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
     
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    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

    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
    - Rejoined the Knights in 2018 as part of our recruitment team

    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
     
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    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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    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

    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 40 games for the Knights so far
    - Contracted until the end of 2020

    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 and also played for the Sharks and Raiders
    - 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

    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
    - Currently playing for Toulouse Olympique

    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 ecstasy & cocaine 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
    - Retired in 2018

    JJ Felise (Knights Player #299)

    - Born 15/2/96 in Logan, QLD
    - Prop
    - Logan Brothers Junior
    - Attended Keebra Park High School
    - Played for the Tigers before coming to the Knights in 2018
    - Played 2 games for the Knights
    - Represented QLD Schoolboys in 2013 and 2014
    - Currently contracted to the Raiders
     
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    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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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

    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
     
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    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 Hull FC after the 2017 season

    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
    - Currently playing for the Rabbitohs

    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 22 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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    Jarrod Mullen (Knights Player #179)

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    - "Mullo"
    - Born 9/4/87 in Singleton, NSW
    - Plays Five Eighth / Halfback
    - Took over halfback of the Knights from Andrew Johns
    - Son of former Bulldogs player Steve Mullen
    - Played 211 games for the Knights 2005-2016
    - Captained the Knights for 21 games 2007-2016
    - Has represented Country 4 times 2009-2014
    - Has represented NSW once in 2007
    - Australian Schoolboys Player 2004-2005
    - Suspended for 4 years after testing positive to a banned substance, His suspension expires 16/1/2021

    Brian Quinton (Knights Player #7)

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    - Born 14/4/63
    - Winger
    - Has the honour of scoring Newcastle Knights first ever try in 1988
    - Played 28 games for the Knights in 1988 & 1989
    - Also played for the Dragons and Gold Coast Chargers

    Daniel Smailes (Knights Player #109)

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    - Born 14/4/76
    - Second Rower
    - Played 21 games for the Knights 1997-2000

    Jeremy Smith (Knights Player #239)

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    - Born 14/4/80 in Christchurch, New Zealand
    - Lock
    - Junior clubs include Altona Roosters and Runaway Bay Seagulls
    - Represented New Zealand 22 times 2007-2012
    - Debuted in 2004 and ended up playing 214 NRL games
    - Premiership winner with the Storm in 2007 and the Dragons in 2010
    - Played 75 games for the Knights
    - Announced his retirement at the end of the 2016 season
     
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    Willie Mason (Knights Player #233)

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    - "Big Willie"
    - Born 15/4/80 in Auckland, New Zealand
    - Prop / Second Row
    - Represented Tonga 3 times in 2000
    - Represented Australia 24 times 2002-2008
    - Represented NSW 13 times 2003-2008
    - Represented Country 4 times 2003-2013
    - Played 60 games for the Knights 2012-2014
    - Has played over 250 first grade games
    - Has played for the Bulldogs, Roosters and Cowboys
    - 196cm tall and weight 110kg +
    - Signed a 1 year deal with Manly for 2015
    - Retired after the 2016 season

    Mitch Barnett (Knights Player #276)

    - Born 15/4/94 in Taree, NSW
    - Wingham Tigers Junior
    - Lock / Second Rower
    - Has played 59 games for the Knights so far
    - Also played for the Canberra Raiders
    - Contracted until the end of 2020

    Jason Temu (Knights Player #122)

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    - Born 17/4/72 in Auckland, NZ
    - Prop
    - Played just 3 games for Newcastle between 1999 & 2000, being plagued with injury
    - Also played 4 games for the Warriors in 2001
    - Spent 3 years playing in the UK prior to his time in the NRL
    - Represented Cook Island 3 times between 1995 & 2000

    Troy Clarke (Knights Player #22)

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    - Born 19/4/67
    - Winger / Centre
    - Played 7 games for the Knights in 1988 and 1989
    - Also played 9 games for the Canterbury Bulldogs

    Owen Craigie (Knights Player #91)

    - Born 19/4/78 in Inverell, NSW
    - Center / Five Eighth
    - Played 76 games for the Knights 1995-1999
    - Also played for the Wests Tigers and South Sydney

    Steve Crowe (Knights Player #64)

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    - Born 20/4/69 in Young, NSW
    - Played 51 games for the Knights from 1991-1998
    - Retired in 1998 after a string of injuries
    - Was involved in the Knights administration in positions such as Operations Manager and acting CEO from 1998-2007
    - Holds two Masters Degrees, A Master of Human Resources Management & Industrial Relations and a Master of Organisational Communication
    - Former member of the Knights advisory board

    Josh Mantellato (Knights Player #245)

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    - "Mantree"
    - Born 21/4/87 in Gosford, NSW
    - Stands at 6 foot 5
    - Winger
    - Debuted Round 12, 2013 against the Rabbitohs
    - Scored a try on Debut and kicked 3 goals
    - Played 2 NRL games - both for the Knights in 2013-2014
    - Very high percentage Goal Kicker for our NSW Cup team
    - NSW Cup high point scorer of 2012, 2013 and 2014
    - Top point scorer in the real NRL 3 years running
    - Represented Italy 7 times
    - Signed a 3 year deal with Hull KR from 2015
     

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