Newcastle Knights 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis

The Knights will be looking to make the jump to premiership contenders in 2019.

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Thu, 21 Feb, 12:00 AM

Newcastle Knights

 

Finished in 2018: 11th (9 wins, 15 losses)

Key ins: Tim Glasby (Storm), Jesse Ramien & Edrick Lee (Sharks), Mason Lino & James Gavet (Warriors), David Klemmer & Zac Woolford (Bulldogs), Hymel Hunt (Rabbitohs), Kurt Mann (Dragons)

Key outs: Jack Cogger & Nick Meaney (Bulldogs), Brock Lamb (Roosters), Ken Sio (Salford), JJ Felise (Raiders), Chris Heighington & Jacob Lillyman (Retired)

Coach: Nathan Brown

Captain(s): Mitchell Pearce & Jamie Buhrer

Mitchell Pearce - Captain of the Newcastle KnightsJamie Buhrer - Captain of the Newcastle Knights

 

Summary: The Newcastle Knights are here ladies and gentleman. Last year they were labelled as the real deal, but due to injuries, learning curves and an underpowered forward pack failed to truly fire. The Knights will be looking to cap off a great 24 months of recruiting with true contention in the competition. The spine of Pearce and Ponga has proven to be a great building block for the rest of the squad to form around. The recent acquisitions of Klemmer as the team’s premier bookend and weapons like Ramien and Lee being poached from the Sharks will add the starch and the strike the Knights were missing at the tail end of last season. The Sky is the limit for the Novacastrians.

 

Key stat: The Knights ranked #14 in ineffective tackles in 2018

Round 1: Knights v Sharks

Friday, 15 March, 6:00 PM McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle Knights logo Newcastle Knights   –  $1.90*  
Cronulla Sharks logo Cronulla Sharks – $2.15*

 

2019 Premiership odds: $15* with Sportsbet

Best Dally M Chance: Kalyn Ponga

Prediction: Knights to finish top 8  ($1.80* with Bet365)

 

*Prices correct at time of publishing

 

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