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Reason to be pumped! From recruits to emerging talent

Keen for the 2020 season to start?

Of course, you are. We are too.

With new coach Adam O’Brien at the helm, there’s plenty of excitement in the air.

We've broken down what we're most looking forward to ahead of 2020.

Here's four reasons to be pumped for next season.

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Last season saw three NRL debutants in Phoenix Crossland, Bradman Best and Starford To’a all making their first-grade debuts.

And there’s no reason why 2020 can’t bring more youngsters into grade.

Blessed with a rich nursery and first-class pathways program, the Knights have several players chomping at the bit for an opportunity.

The likes of versatile five-eighth Simi Sasagi, forward Jirah Momoisea and hooker Luke Huth are only going to be better for another NRL pre-season under their belt.

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The No.9 joins the Knights from Cronulla.

He was brought into the club for his professionalism, consistency and ability to play 80 minutes.

A workhorse who is really starting to develop his game with the addition of a kick now in his attacking arsenal, the hooker is sure to add another dimension to the NRL side.


The loss of Edrick Lee to a broken arm was a significant one.

But the winger is back to full health and ready to attack 2020.

The rangy flyer was missed in the back-part of the year with his tough runs out of yardage just one of his assets.

With speed, a flying leap and knack of finding the stripe, the return of Lee next year is a huge boost for the Club.


With a new boss, comes new ideas.

Adam O’Brien has taken the reigns as Head Coach of the nib Newcastle Knights and brought in some new assistant coaches with him.

While much of the cattle remains, the coach joins the Club having been part of two very successful systems in Melbourne and the Roosters.

No doubt, he’ll be making changes both with and without the ball.

Having worked as an attack and defensive assistant, the tweaks to the side are something to be excited about.