An ancient tale among us Knights supporters is ‘rebuilding’.
From everything with our junior system getting messed up and the disastrous Nathan Tinkler ownership, we could use that as an excuse but not anymore. Nathan Brown’s mission was to rebuild the club and bring it back to the community, which is what was achieved. To say the Knights are still rebuilding is just as believable as a vampire getting a suntan.
With an injury-riddled season in 2021, including losing Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga, the Knights have been struggling. We are still yet to see them play together this year. Before I go on, we have won more matches this year without Mitchell Pearce than we did in 2018. Our last win was against Manly, who have the Queensland and Australian captain in Daly Cherry-Evans, the Trbojevic brothers and a decent terrorising forward in Marty Taupau.
Who did we not have? Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann to say a few. Last week against South Sydney, despite a 24-10 loss, we were in it for most of the game. I might as well mention our disastrous losses to Sydney or Parramatta.
Instead of using the bullshit rebuilding excuse, the fans need to give the players a massive confidence boost. The little things are what matters, whether the infamous “New-cas-tle” chant, showing up ready to support them, telling them that they have what it takes and showing pride in both our team, coaching staff and our jerseys.
I’m not going to say that the biggest fan is the ones who does all the travelling, has the most jerseys, has a Knights tattoo or those who do a Knights podcast. So the question remains, who is the biggest Knights fan? Together, we all are as one and that’s something we all have to share.
We fans need to encourage our players towards the winning culture. We have proven that we can win on any given day. Let’s show up for our boys as we always do, encourage them and make them feel like they deserve to be there. They worked their arses off from being kids playing footy to making it into the NRL so they deserve all the credit due they have.
Our players are there to win and we fans are there to support them. I love travelling to games to see our players. On the day the Knights played at Wagga Wagga, I got up at 2 am to get to the game and it was worth it. Not just because we won but because I got to attend the game with two of my closest friends.
We all say we bleed red and blue so let’s back that up. If a player doesn’t play his best, it doesn’t mean he should be dropped or sacked. Our role as fans isn’t to say who should be dropped or sacked, it’s to show the endless support to the team we love.
Ahead of the 2018 NRL season the Newcastle Knights signed Mitchell Pearce on a multimillion-dollar deal. He was signed as a premiership-winning general who would attract other quality soldiers to the cause and lead a young team of potential future stars out of the doldrums and onto many glorious victories.