While the crowd support will be a little one sided when the nib Newcastle Knights take on the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday, there’ll at least be one young fan that will be cheering his hardest for the Knights.
Eight-year-old Ffin Owen, who plays for the Hoterini Souths Rugby League Club in New Zealand, has never been to Newcastle but it’s his dream to one day pull on the red and blue jersey for the Knights.
His dad Geb told Knights TV, Ffin’s older brother is a Bulldogs fan and when the Knights beat the Bulldogs four years ago in the play-offs, it was then four-year-old Ffin became a loyal Knights supporter.
“His brother had a Knights NRL card and he no longer wanted that because the Knights won, so he gave it to Ffin and that was it,” Geb said.
“As a four-year-old, he became a Knights fan then and there and has been ever since.”
Ffin and his dad got the special surprise to watch the Knights captain’s run on Saturday.
“Ffin was pretty excited, it’s an amazing opportunity, really special,” said Geb.
He said when he told Ffin they’d be going to see the Knights, he couldn’t believe it.
“I’ve been getting to sleep at about 12 o’clock and then I woke up at 4 this morning,” said Ffin.
Dad Geb, a Warriors fan himself, is a devout NRL supporter and he too, also relished the moment coming out to see the Knights train before kick-off tomorrow.
“Just to be able to come here and see these guys train is not something you can do very often,” Geb said.