Season Review: Mitch Barnett

It was a consistent season for workhorse backrower Mitchell Barnett.

Missing only one game due to suspension, Barnett went on to play in 23 matches in the 2018 season.

The 24-year-old had a career best total running metres with 2222.

Barnett also continued his tireless nature in defence, making 681 tackles and averaging 29.6 metres per game.

He started the season off at lock forward before moving to the second-row for 13 straight games.


Barnett reached his 50th NRL game in the Round 19 clash against the Gold Coast.

In that match he scored a double.

They were the only tries he scored in 2018.

Moment of the Year: Round 19 v Titans

A Knights junior, Barnett moved to Canberra in pursuit of a clearer NRL pathway.

Fortunately for the Knights, Barnett returned to the Club in 2016 after dominating the ISP NSW competition, being crowned Player of the Year in 2015.


This season he clocked up 50 career games.

It was a game against the Titans and the edge was unstoppable.

In 80 minutes, Barnett scored two tries, made 35 tackles and ran for 155 metres in the 30-24 victory.

2018 season stats

Games: 23
Avg running metres: 96.7m
Tackles made: 687 (86.4% efficiency)
Offloads: 24
Try assists: 2
Tries: 2
Tackle breaks: 25