New castle Knights
Has there ever been a pre-season as important to a club than this summer for the Newcastle Knights? As the rugby league world gets excited about his squad’s improved chances in 2018 following what surely was the most aggressive single off-season recruitment drive in the game’s history, at this stage it’s all about merely experimenting – to see what will work and what won’t – for coach Nathan Brown.
“At this stage of the year, getting in so many 13-on-13 opposed sessions is great; we’ve probably got more new players than any other club by a fairly high number,” Brown, who is preparing for his third season with the Newcastle clipboard, told Knights TV during the pre-season.
“For us, it’s all about trying to build combinations. We have a lot of new players in key positions. How ready we’ll be, I suppose you never really know. Trials don’t give you a 100-percent true gauge, but they certainly give you a little bit of an indication. If we see a significant improvement between trials one and two, that will take us into round one in good shape, which will be a great result.”
An indication that things are turning around for the Knights on a range of levels was the selection of boom youngsters Connor Watson, Brock Lamb and Daniel Saifiti into the Emerging Blues set-up over the off-season.
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