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Five things we learned from the draw announcement

The season might still be over 100 days away, however we already have a draw for the 2021 season!

While you may still have the highlighters out circling the games you can't wait for, we've gone through the draw game by game and broken down everything you need to know ahead of the new year.

From five-day turnarounds and free-to-air broadcasts, through to who we play twice and the games you can't miss, here's what all that we learned from today's announcement.

View the full 2021 draw here!

Free-to-air Friendly

In a win for Knights fans everywhere, today's draw announcement sees the Club pick up nine free-to-air games on Channel Nine, up from eight in the original draw last season.

Amongst those eight games, the Knights will feature in the family-friendly Sunday afternoon slot five times, as well as on four Thursdays.

For fans everywhere who can't get to games, that is a massive win.


Seeing Double

The Knights have picked up a favourable draw, playing multiple sides from last year's bottom eight twice.

This includes the Titans, Bulldogs, Warriors, Tigers, Broncos and Cowboys.

From 2020's top eight, we will face the Roosters, Sharks and Raiders in return games.

Notching the Km's

If 2020 was good for one thing, it was getting the playing squad accustomed to plenty of travel in a short amount of time.

It's only appropriate then that 2021 will bring with it even more frequent flyer points for the team to clock.

With away games in New Zealand, the Gold Coast, Wagga (Raiders), North Queensland, Melbourne and two games in Brisbane, the Knights will travel more than 8752kms throughout the season. 

This includes a three week stretch mid-year with consecutive games in Wagga, Brisbane and Townsville.

Be the Best

To be the best you've got to beat the best, and there's no doubt it's the games against the other top sides which fans and players alike will be highlighting on the calendars.

The Knights will take on last year's Premiers Melbourne in Round 18, while fellow Grand Finalists Penrith will welcome the Knights in Round 7.

In terms of the rest of 2020's top four, the Knights will host the Eels in Round 13, with two games against the Roosters in Rounds 8 (home) and 19 (away).

The Run Home

How a team runs into the finals can be crucial to determining how deep into September they journey.

In 2021, the Knights will round out the season with games against three bottom eight sides from 2020, the Bulldogs, Titans and Broncos.

However, these are not three teams to be taken lightly, with all three expected to lift significantly in 2021.

However it plays out, there's plenty to be excited about if you're a Knights fan.