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The 2018 NRL draw has been unveiled, and it’s set to be a thrilling schedule for nib Newcastle Knights fans with The Wests Group at the helm and a stack of new signings locked in.

It has been confirmed that the Club will open their 2018 season at home against rivals the Manly Sea Eagles, making Round 1 an unmissable game for Knights fans who want to see their new-look team in action for the very first time.

Old Boys Day will see the red and blues host the St George Illawarra Dragons in Round 25, while the team will also play seven of last year’s top eight clubs at home.

The Brisbane Broncos come to town at 7.30pm on a Saturday in Round 5, reigning premiers the Melbourne Storm visit at 2pm on a Sunday in Round 15 and the Parramatta Eels play at McDonald Jones Stadium at 7.50pm on a Friday night in Round 18.

“The Club always welcomes home matches against the stronger sides in the competition,” The Wests Group CEO Philip Gardner said.

“These matches draw strong attendances, and also provide our developing team with the opportunity to test themselves against the very best.

“In 2018 we’re really aiming to get as many Members and fans through the gates as possible, and create an engaging game day experience around this draw.

“Our Members can secure the cheapest reserved seats in the NRL in 2018, so it’s never been more affordable to be a Member from just $12.50 per game.”

The Knights also travel to Tamworth in an away game against the Wests Tigers in Round 7, which will be a great opportunity for red and blue fans living in northern New South Wales to see their team in action.

The home schedule features five Saturday games, two Sunday games and five Friday night games.

“We’re excited about the season ahead, and we’re eager to see how this young team develops over the coming months with plenty of strong signings brought in,” Gardner added.

“With the draw now finalised, we look forward to sharing 2018 with our Members, fans, corporate partners and sponsors.”