The question in the headline has been asked a lot since Mitchell Pearce joined the Knights.
In 2018 and 2019, Mitchell Pearce has been a major force in their ranks. He’s the general and he is just as big of a recruit for Newcastle as the late Ronnie James Dio was for Black Sabbath.
With 48 games in the last two seasons, Newcastle played ten without Pearce and achieved only two wins. Some losses were brutal and some were tight. It seems that the Knights, to many spectators, are a one-man team like how they were with Andrew Johns.
Forgive me, but with Johns, we were.
Mitchell Pearce’s leadership on and off the field has been a valuable asset for the team. When the team were on fire, Pearce was on fire.
But when they were low on fuel, so was Pearce.
Last year in the Knights’ one game without Mitchell Pearce, we just slipped against the Warriors to fall short 24-20. In all fairness, Newcastle could have won but just lost the grasp.
In the Nines, Newcastle were effectively the minor premiers of the comp but just let it slip against Parramatta in the quarter-final.
We have got ourselves a decent class squad and with a high majority of signings from last year, new coaching staff and new times, each player will bring out the best of themselves on the field individually.
By doing that, it will make huge effects in the game.
So to answer the question, are the Newcastle Knights a one-man team? Not a chance!