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VOTE: Best five-eighth in Knights history

We all know Matty Johns, but there's been other nib Newcastle Knights players who have excelled in the No.6.

We've chosen some of the our best, as we look to you, the fans, to help select a fan-voted all-time Knights team.

Cast your vote in the poll below.

Note: No current Knights players were considered.


Matthew Johns

Knights Appearances: 176

Years: 1992-00

He’s one of the most beloved players in Knights history and although he doesn’t have the Immortality tag like his younger brother, Matthew Johns’ contribution has been instrumental to the Club’s success.

Johns’ footy intelligence and toughness in the halves made him a star and was pivotal in securing the side’s first premiership in 1997 while also earned him eight appearances for Australia and four for New South Wales.


Sean Rudder

Knights Appearances: 131

Years: 1998-03

Although Sean Rudder began his career on the wing before being moved to the second row and even hooker, he finally found his momentum whilst playing five-eighth, and from there, he thrived.

He shone in the 2001 Grand Final victory in the No.6 and stayed there until his departure to England’s Super League in 2004. 


Michael Hagan

Knights Appearances: 111

Years: 1989-93

He’s well known for his honours as a coach, particularly that of leading the team to premiership glory in 2001, but Michael Hagan was also a star in his own right at the Knights in his playing days.

Hagan joined the club from Canterbury in 1989 and was immediately named captain, leading the team valiantly into their first finals series in 1992 and even winning five appearances for the Maroons State of Origin side. 


Jarrod Mullen

Knights Appearances: 211

Years: 2005-16

Debuting in the NRL just a month after turning 18-years-old, Mullen went onto to play 200+ games for the Club with many being as captain as well. 

The Singleton-born half played for New South Wales just two years after his Knights debut, and featured in seven finals matches throughout his long career.


Chris Bailey

Knights Appearances: 29

Years: 2006-08

Often described as an ‘old-school’ five-eighth, Bailey didn’t get to spend too much time as Knight but did make an impression in that short time.

He scored 10 tries and was a constant threat when running with the ball. He left to join Manly after the 2010 season.