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Kurt Gidley

The Newcastle Knights has named an 18-man extended squad for Saturday’s opening match of the season against the Penrith Panthers at Sportingbet Stadium.

Captain Kurt Gidley is named to play at hooker while new recruit Michael Dobson will partner Tyrone Roberts in the halves.

Travis Waddell secured the utility role on an extended bench, which also includes Chris Houston, Alex McKinnon, Adam Cuthbertson and David Fa’alogo. 

Jeremy Smith, who had a knee clash in the final trial match in Tamworth and was in some doubt, is expected to play in the round one encounter in Penrith.

NRL Team List:

1.     Darius Boyd

2.     James McManus

3.     Dane Gagai

4.     Joey Leilua

5.     Akuila Uate

6.     Michael Dobson

7.     Tyrone Roberts

8.     Kade Snowden

9.     Kurt Gidley (c)

10.  Willie Mason

11.  Beau Scott

12.  Robbie Rochow

13.  Jeremy Smith


14.  Travis Waddell

15.  Chris Houston

16.  Alex McKinnon

17.  Adam Cuthbertson

18.  David Fa’alogo

Saturday March 8 – Round 1

Penrith Panthers v Newcastle Knights

NYC: 12.15pm

NSW Cup: 2.15pm

NRL: 4.30pm

Venue: Sportingbet Stadium