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VOTE: Best prop forwards in Knights history

The nib Newcastle Knights have been spoilt fo choice over the years in the forward department, with many representative players coming through the ranks of the red and blue.

We've chosen 10 of our best props, 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.


Tony Butterfield

Knights Appearances: 229

Years: 1988-00

Newcastle Knight No.2 – Tony Butterfield was one of the few men who was there at the start back in 1988 and was also there for our first premiership win in 1997.

The big front rower sits in fourth on the all-time list for appearances for the Club and even spent 46 games as captain towards the back-end of his career around the same time as he represented New South Wales for the first time.


Matt Parsons

Knights Appearances: 106

Years: 2000-04

Joining the Knights in 2000 after the exclusion of the Rabbitohs, Parsons made an immediate impact upon his arrival – both metaphorically and literally.

The 1999 Dally M Prop of the Year not only played a major role in helping the side attain the 2001 Premiership but did so in all his time at the Club helping them make the finals on four occasions in five years.


Paul Harragon

Knights Appearances: 169

Years: 1988-99

The one and only ‘Chief’.

Paul Harragon joined his local Knights upon their establishment as a young 20-year-old and created a legacy as an enforcer and courageous leader of the Club.

He won the 1996 Dally M Prop of the Year award, before holding up the ARL Premiership trophy proudly above his head in 1997 – the same thing he did with the State of Origin shield.


Josh Perry

Knights Appearances: 142

Years: 2000-07

Another local product who ended up winning Premierships, State of Origin and Test matches, Josh Perry’s emergence in 2000 was just what the side’s forward pack needed.

Perry was renowned for his top work ethic and used that effort tremendously in the 2001 Grand Final and in the subsequent years playing in four finals series.


Mark Sargent

Knights Appearances: 126

Years: 1989-95

Mark Sargent was the first Australian representative of the Club and the only Knight to have won the Rothmans Medal, best and fairest award, back in 1989.

The hardy prop captained the side on 26 occasions and represented Australia five times, while also playing for New South Wales.


Glenn Grief

Knights Appearances: 96

Years: 1996, 98-01

Glenn Grief often started from the bench, but when he came on, he made sure his presence was felt.

With his battering-ram style, Grief often found the try-line a few times a season, and although he missed the infamous 1997 season due to unfortunate injuries, he made sure he was there for the 2001 triumph.


Adam Woolnough

Knights Appearances: 117

Years: 2002-07

A Taree boy with a huge frame and even a one-time captain, Adam Woolnough joined after the 2001 season and was a stalwart of the front-row.

Woolnough featured over 100 times for the Club with five of those being in the finals.


Kade Snowden

Knights Appearances: 92

Years: 2005-07, 2012-16

Former NSW representative Kade Snowden debuted for the side at the ripe age of 19 as part of his first of two stints.

The workhorse of a prop forward linked back up with the Club in 2012 and was a valuable, consistent member of the forward pack. 


Willie Mason

Knights Appearances: 60

Years: 2012-14

Brought over as part of Wayne Bennett’s first squad, Willie Mason was his typical self in red and blue – big in size and in character.

The loveable forward spent three years with the team and was instrumental in helping the side to a Preliminary Final berth in 2013.


Richard Fa’aoso

Knights Appearances: 99

Years: 2008-12

Richie Fa’oaso’s story in rugby league is often a sad one considering how injuries plagued such potential, but the Knights are where the Tongan international played the majority of his football, and consistently too.

The prop forward played almost 100 games and featured in both our 2008 and 2011 finals appearances before tasting Premiership glory later on in his career.