With the 2018 season drawing nearer, we will begin to look at how each team is shaping up for the season ahead.
Today, we take a look at the Newcastle Knights – and what their best 17 looks like.
Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Herman Ese'ese (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Slade Griffin (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Aidan Guerra (Sydney Roosters, 2020), Christian Hazard (2018), Chris Heighington (Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Jack Johns (2018), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Jacob Lillyman (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Tautau Moga (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Brent Naden (Canberra Raiders, 2018), Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters, 2021), Kalyn Ponga (North Queensland Cowboys, 2021), Connor Watson (Sydney Roosters, 2020)|
|2018 Losses: David Bhana (released), Brendan Elliot (Gold Coast Titans), Jaelen Feeney (released), Dane Gagai (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Jacob Gagan (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Trent Hodkinson (Cronulla Sharks), Rory Kostjasyn (retired), Peter Mata'utia (Leigh Centurions), Sam Mataora (retired), Jarrod Mullen (released), Mickey Paea (Hull FC), Pauli Pauli (Wakefield Trinity), Will Pearsall (released), Tyler Randell (Wakefield Trinity), Josh Starling (retired), Jack Stockwell (Gold Coast Titans), Anthony Tupou (retired), Joe Wardle (Castleford Tigers)|
|Re-Signed: Tyrone Amey (2018), Mitch Barnett (2020), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2019), Tom Hughes (2018), Jack Johns (2018), Danny Levi (2020), Nick Meaney (2018), Dylan Phythian (2018), Nathan Ross (2020), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020), Tom Starling (2018), Sam Stone (2020), Luke Yates (2018)|
|Off Contract 2018: Tyrone Amey, Jamie Buhrer, Cory Denniss, Christian Hazard, Chris Heighington, Zac Hosking, Tom Hughes, Jack Johns, Brock Lamb, Jacob Lillyman, Pat Mata'utia, Sione Mata'utia, Nick Meaney, Brent Naden, Ken Sio, Tom Starling, Luke Yates|
2018 Predicted Lineup
- Kalyn Ponga
- Shaun Kenny-Dowall
- Tautau Moga
- Sione Mata’utia
- Nathan Ross
- Brock Lamb
- Mitchell Pearce ©
- Daniel Saifiti
- Slade Griffin
- Jacob Lillyman
- Aidan Guerra
- Jamie Buhrer ©
- Mitch Barnett
- Connor Watson
- Jacob Saifiti
- Lachlan Fitzgibbon
- Herman Ese’ese
Coach: Nathan Brown
Reserves: Chris Heighington, Danny Levi, Sam Stone, Jack Johns.
The Big Question: Will the perfect recruitment drive of youth and experience be enough to allow the Knights to push for their first top 8 berth since 2013?
Predicted Finish: 9th
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