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The nib Newcastle Knights welcomed School to Work Program (S2W) participant, Ryan Morgan, to training on Thursday as part of the Club's Indigenous Round celebrations.

The Knights' S2W program utilises the positive profile of Rugby League to support and encourage young Indigenous Australians to stay at school, get a job, and be a legend for themselves, their families and their communities.

Ryan is a proud Gamilaroi man from Lighting Ridge in NSW. He moved to Newcastle two years ago for school and work opportunities and is currently living at the local Aboriginal Hostel Kirinari, where Knights' forward Josh Starling helps out by mentoring the youth.

Ryan has made and designed the boomerang that will be the Club's gift to exchange between captains in the pre-game ceremony on Sunday.

He has included the colours of Knights and Raiders on the end of the boomerang, with the design on the boomerang representing:

  • Either end of the boomerang - the colours of the opposing teams
  • Emu in centre - Ryan’s family totem, the Gamilaroi people
  • Eight circles  - represent all the towns the boys from the Kirinari hostel are from including Lightening Ridge, Walgett and Moree

This is just one of the many great stories to tell in Indigenous Round.