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A message to my team and fellow fans

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Roar Guru
22nd April, 2019
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Yesterday wasn’t the result we wanted. Hell, even losing by one isn’t what we wanted.

We wanted to celebrate Easter adding a victory but sadly, we didn’t get that. I know I said before Nathan Brown is the right guy and then totally flipped and said I’m losing my faith in him.

How does a full strength side lose to a team missing three of their best forwards and a young rising talent? Forget Freddie Kruger, that was a hellacious nightmare. I’d personally pick Freddie.

David Klemmer of the Newcastle Knights

David Klemmer of the Newcastle Knights. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

To the players, Nathan Brown brought you together not for the pay cheque but to win games and show that the Newcastle Knights are a force to be reckoned with. Whether Nathan Brown ends up as the coach or not by season’s end, all we want is for you to add on to the platform those old Knights legends built.

The Johns brothers, Paul Harragon, Billy Peden, Danny Buderus, Robbie O’Davis, Mark Sargent and Tony Butterfield to say but a few.

They paved the path and built the platform. All we ask is for you to put your own pieces to it. Show why you are going to be another Knights legend future generations will be speaking of, whether supporters or future players.

Players like Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga, Connor Watson and David Klemmer have a chance to do this.

Show them what playing in the jersey means to them as well as it does for you. Maybe one day, those legends I mentioned before should go to a training session and perhaps give the boys a hard lesson on being a Knight.

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A message for the fans. Think of why you became a Knights fan in the first place. I became a fan in the first place because of Andrew Johns then I realised they played for the town.

Those players bled red and blue just as much as we did. The passion they put in their jerseys and the Knights was virtually unmatchable by any team.

Some individual players with other teams for sure but not any teams in unison. I know many of us are frustrated and so am I but we can’t give up on them now.

Our support is what the players need and as time goes on, they’ll repay the favour.

Yesterday, we gifted three tries and bombed two of our own. Had none of that happened, by the chronological timeline we would have won.

Sadly it doesn’t work that way. I don’t know whether or not Nathan Brown will keep his job and I don’t know whether we’ll make the finals.

I’m not a time traveler and this isn’t Back to the Future or Quantum Leap but we all are behind the team as we have been especially during the rebuilding stages.

Now for the players and the supporters. We’re behind you all and we are cheering you on.

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Whether you are a player, a member of the coaching staff or supporter, you’re a member of the team. They win on the field, we win and if they lose, we lose.

We got the second-biggest average crowd attendance to Brisbane and in comparison per capita, we’re doing a damn good job considering the fact Newcastle is virtually a country town.

It shows we are the most passionate supporters in the NRL. We are never going to give up on the team. We have all walked the road, fought the battle and paid our part in rebuild.

Forming a finals team on the field is different then on paper. Our past legends formed a platform for what it means to play for Newcastle. Now, not only do our players need to add onto it, they need to form their own platform for why the modern age Newcastle Knights are a finals team.

Boys, you can do it!