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VOTE: Best fullback in Knights history

Who is the best fullback in the Club's history?

Since the Club’s establishment in 1988, it’s been a winding road for the nib Newcastle Knights. filled with moments that fans cherish close to their hearts.

There’s never been a better time to celebrate and reflect on some of the players who brought us those memories as we look to you, the supporters, to help select a fan-voted all-time Knights team.

We’ll kick it off with the top five fullbacks.

Cast your vote in the poll below.

Note: No current Knights players were considered.


Robbie O’Davis

Knights Appearances: 223

Years: 1992-04

One of the most electrifying fullbacks to play in the red and blue, Robbie ‘O’Save-us’, as some fans coined him, had a stellar career.

Not only is he one of the few men who played in both Premiership winning teams in 1997 and 2001, but he also was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal in the former, played 12 games for Queensland and eight for his country.

His ability to create something out of nothing and all-round tenacity, plus his 78 tries, made him a fan favourite over the years.


Darius Boyd

Knights Appearances: 62

Years: 2012-14

Boyd only spent three years at the Club and although didn’t win any trophies in his time, the closest being in 2013 where the team fell one game short of a Grand Final, he did represent the team extraordinarily well for state and country.

The fullback played nine games for Queensland and Australia and scored 17 tries in the red and blue, and whole lot more when in representative colours.


Brad Godden

Knights Appearances: 86

Years: 1991-96

A fullback who’s form played a major part in springing the Knights into the finals series for the first time back in 1992.

Godden scored 17 tries whilst playing in the red and blue and was even selected as part of the Australian World Cup squad in '92.


Kurt Gidley

Knights Appearances: 252

Years: 2001-15

Most captained Knight in history (123 games), Kurt Gidley is now widely regarded as one of the best utilities the game has seen, however, he spent most of his fantastic career in the No.1 jersey.

In addition to his 250-plus games for Newcastle, he captained New South Wales, playing in 12 State of Origin matches in total, whilst also representing Australia on 12 occasions, and in all those games, played with the courage and heart that he became so loved for by many adoring fans.

Gidley also sits in equal-fourth on the all-time tryscoring list for the Club.


Milton Thaiday

Knights Appearances: 29

Years: 2005-07

Originally signed from the NSW Waratahs rugby union side, Thaiday was one of the most explosive fullbacks Knights supporters had seen.

Although he only played for a short time in red and blue, the man from Lismore dazzled opponents and fans, scoring 14 tries before an unlucky run of injuries saw his career cut heartbreakingly short.