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The Newcastle Knights have announced the appointment of Adam O’Brien as their Head Coach in 2020.

O'Brien will take over the reins of the club on a three-year deal.

"We are very excited to have Adam coming in as Head Coach,” Knights CEO Phillip Gardner said on the club website.

"Aside from quality coaching, we want quality people within the organisation and Adam ticks all of those boxes.

"Adam has had extensive experience in development and transition programs, along with his experience in leading premiership winning Clubs.

"We look forward to Adam’s arrival ahead of the 2020 season.

"We’d like to thank the Roosters and in particular, Trent Robinson for allowing Adam to go through this process.

"There is nothing better for us, then to have Adam come to the Knights from a premiership winning system."

After apprenticeships with coaching royalty such as Craig Bellamy and Trent Robinson, O'Brien will get his first shot at running a club himself.

"The Knights are a strong Club with a significant and passionate supporter base through the Hunter region and beyond," O'Brien said.

"They have stability off the field via the Wests Group and a rich nursery of junior talent.

"I have been patient throughout my coaching career, but the time is right to make this move and all of these attributes made the move to Newcastle an easy decision.

"The playing list excites me and the Hunter community excites me. There is a lot to look forward to.

"I am excited about what is around the corner, but my sole focus over the next five weeks remains with the Roosters and our finals campaign. That isn't something I take lightly.

"Once the 2019 season has concluded, I will turn my attention to Newcastle."

O’Brien will join the Knights for pre-season preparations ahead of 2020.



  1. Wow a club with integrity, obviously my interpretation of the word is different from yours.
    How the Newcastle board treated their fans and coach Brown towards the end of this season was a disgrace.
    Or was that another veiled swipe at the Roosters.

  2. Oh twinkyONE, ask your mother to lock the medicine cabinet.
    You might notice that all these young coaches are going to the clubs Uncle ‘zimmer frame’ Benny has stuffed up, lost their way….St.Merge, Knits, Donkeys….and now Souffs……

  3. chookstool , you pop up on every forum I comment on and have to get your 2 cents in on my comments.
    You are now officially known as the ZT serial stalker.
    Creepy woman

  4. TwinkONE, to clear the air right now…
    Where do you you house that only Cardinal Pell Red & Myrtle Snot Green trophy Souffs won..?
    Where’s your ‘Clubhouse’?
    I have asks you this many times.
    Tell all the good folk here at ZT, where that place may be…

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