The 2020 season is edging closer, and with that in mind, newcastleknights.com.au has compiled an A to Z guide on everything you need to know ahead of the new season.
A is for Away
The Knights struggled away from home in 2019, winning just four games, however they will be looking to change this going into the new season.
B is for Brailey
The hooker has arrived from Cronulla with his sights set on the No.9 jersey and a goal of playing big minutes.
C is for Crossland
With another full pre-season under his belt and NRL experience to boot, keep an eye out for Phoenix Crossland in 2020.
D is for Defeats
These will be avoided at all costs by the team, with all eyes on a first finals series in seven years.
E is for Eight
The Knights will look to sit above at least this many teams by the end of the season.
F is for Finals
The Knights missed the Top 8 in 2019 and haven’t featured in the finals since 2013.
G is for Goalkicking
As shown by some Clubs in 2019, goalkicking can be all the difference between a finals appearance and another early finish. Kalyn Ponga and Mason Lino will want to have their kicking boots on throughout the season.
H is for Hunt
After a strong start to his career in red and blue, Hymel Hunt will look to improve on his nine tries from last year.
I is for Individual Brilliance
We saw plenty of it in 2019, and with Ponga, Watson and Pearce running the show, we’ll be sure to see even more in 2020.
J is for Jacob
Half of the twin towers that are the Saifiti brothers, Jacob will look to return to the barnstorming form that saw him burst onto the scene a few years ago following an interrupted 2019 season.
K is for Klemmer
The NSW, Australia and Newcastle Knights front rower was at his damaging best in his first season in red and blue and will only get better in 2020.
L is for Lee
Heavily missed after his injury which ruled him out for the second half of the season, a now-fit Edrick Lee will look to make his mark in 2020.
M is for McDonald Jones Stadium
With a new Coach and a new era in the horizon, the Knights will look to make their home ground a fortress in 2020.
N is for New
New coach, new logo, new start, new era. 2020 will bring plenty of changes for the Knights, with a period of success beginning with this season.
O is for O’Brien
The new mentor arrives at the Knights fresh off helping guide the Sydney Roosters to back to back titles, with his sights set on repeating that success in Newcastle.
P is for Ponga
If the No.1 finds anything like the form he was carrying throughout the middle of last season, he will be near impossible to stop.
Q is for Queues
If you don’t like waiting in them, purchase a 2020 membership and enjoy entry into every home game for as little as $16.50 per month!
R is for Representatives
The Knights will be stacked full of them in 2020, with Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga, Daniel Saifiti, David Klemmer and Tim Glasby all playing State of Origin in 2019.
S is for Saifiti
With the twin towers both fit and raring to go after another grueling pre-season, expect them to do some serious damage in 2020.
T is for To’a
After announcing himself with a stunning intercept try on debut, Starford To’a will look to solidify his spot in first grade this season.
U is for Underrated
Think Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Mitch Barnett. These are two of the most consistent players in their positions, so underrate them at your peril. Just last year, Barnett picked up his second Danny Buderus Medal.
V is for Victory
The boys will be looking to rack up plenty of these over the course of the season.
W is for Watson
The crafty utility is entering his prime and will be one to watch throughout the season.
X is for X-Factor
With the likes of Ponga, Pearce, Mann, Hunt, Waston and Brailey set to contribute this season, the team will be offering plenty in terms of attack.
Y is for You
We can’t do it without you, so get to the games and support the team!
Z is for Zero
While we can’t guarantee much for next year, we can at least assure you the Knights and every other team will kick off round one with this many points.