With all 2020 pre-season drawing near, a lot of questions are being asked about the Newcastle Knights and whether or not they can crack the eight. Don’t write them off yet.
2019 will ultimately go down as a season to forget for the Newcastle Knights, with the club almost certainly on track to miss finals despite lofty pre-season expectations.
After a horror 1-5 start, a six-game winning run looked to have the side primed for an assault on the finals. But two wins from the last ten matches have doomed them to another season out in the cold, while also dooming coach Nathan Brown – who left the club earlier this week.
Whoever takes the reins next seasons will have one of the most exciting, but high-pressure, jobs going around in the NRL. Is this actually a finals-calibre side they’ll be taking over? What should their pass mark be?
We were joined on the Game of Codes podcast by Roar rugby league expert – and Newcastle tragic – Joe Frost tp run the rule over the Knights for next season.
Listen to the discussion:
Blessed by five Origin reps – Mitchell Pearce, David Klemmer and Daniel Saifiti of the Blues and Kalyn Ponga and Tim Glasby of the Maroons – this was supposed to be the year the Knights would finally return to the finals after a recent stretch of three wooden spoons.