A walk through time: The road to the Knights’ 300th NRL player

It all started in 1988.

The inaugural season of the nib Newcastle Knights and the playing numbers were issued in alphabetical order.

David Boyd is player No.1 on the list.

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The forward had left Canterbury where he'd spent the previous two seasons to be part of the Knights.

He would spend six seasons with the Club before leaving for the Western Reds.


The names flowed on according to surname with the legendary Tony Butterfield second on the list.

It's not until No.14, Scott Carter that the alphabet becomes irrelevant.

New Zealand great Tony Kemp is the 19th player in the history books, while Paul Harragon is No.35 and Michael Hagan followed the next season to become No.37.

Hooker Shane Christensen is No.50 on the list. He played three games for the Knights in 1990.

Robbie O'Davis burst onto the scene in 1992 to become Knight No.68, while Jamie Ainscough followed a month later as player No.69.


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Mathew Johns is No.73 and the eight immortal, Andrew Johns, is No.75.

When Bill Peden debuted in 1994, the workhorse claimed No.86.

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Darren Albert is No.94, while Troy Fletcher became the 100th player when he debuted in 1996.

It was late March of the 1997 season when Danny Buderus claimed No.103.


Mark Hughes debuted that same season to claim No.108.

Steve Simpson came onto the scene in 1999 to become Knight No.126.

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Timana Tahu boasts No.128, Ben Kennedy No.130, Josh Perry No.137, Clint Newton No.139 and Kurt Gidley No.143.

In 2003, winger Josh Smith became player No.150.


Todd Lowrie became Knight No.158 in 2003, Michael Ennis has No.159, Kade Snowden No.172, Jarrod Mullen No.179 and in 2007 James McManus debuted to become Knight No.186.

Richie Fa'aoso is player No.200 and Akuila Uate No.209.

Kevin Naiqama debuted in 2010 to claim No.220, Peter Mata'utia is No.226, Darius Boyd No.230, Alex McKinnon No.232, Beau Scott No.238 and Craig Gower No.246.

In May 2014, Joseph Tapine made his NRL debut and became player No.250.

Sione Mata'utia is Knight No.253.

In May 2015, Danny Levi made his NRL debut and became No.260, later that season Nathan Ross became No.262 and was the last to debut that season under caretaker coach Danny Buderus.


Daniel Saifiti is No.268, while brother Jacob is No.269.

When Jamie Buhrer joined the Club in 2017 he became Knight No.279.

Sam Stone is No.282, the following season Herman Ese'ese claimed No.289 when he debuted for the Club after joining from Brisbane.

Mitchell Pearce proudly wears No.295 and more recently JJ Felis became No.299 when he made his Club debut against the Wests Tigers.

This Friday, Pasami Saulo will be handed his jersey with No.300 embroidered on the front and thus will solidify his name in history.