The nib Newcastle Knights have today closed all football operations for the remainder of 2021, effective immediately.
After extensive consideration and consultation, Knights management have elected to cease all activities due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Knights General Manager of Football, Danny Buderus, highlighted the reasons behind the proactive stance taken by the club.
“This was not an easy decision or one we made without a huge amount of discussion, but it was the right call to make," Buderus said.
“With the current situation here in Newcastle, it was simply far too risky to continue training and we felt this was the appropriate action to take.
“We made the hard call to remove our football operations from our training base and take an early Christmas shut down.
“Our players will be asked to apply good common sense to both their own health and individual training requirements during this period.”
The Knights will continue to adhere to all health orders and work with all relevant bodies to determine the most appropriate time to return to training after the Christmas break.