Newcastle Knights CEO Steve Burraston concedes Nathan Tinkler’s revised offer to buy the Knights is the best deal ever put to an NRL club, while skipper Kurt Gidley says the mining magnate has the full backing of the playing group.
“He’s a pretty down to earth bloke,” Gidley said.
“You don’t see him parading around in front of the media or in front of the cameras.”
“He just lays pretty low and he’s very passionate about Newcastle the city … and certainly the Newcastle Knights.”
Burraston and Knights board members received the full set of documents on Wednesday afternoon and will meet on Thursday discuss the finer details.
Around 3000 eligible members will then vote on Tinkler’s $100 million bid at an extraordinary general meeting expected to be held on March 30.
Tinkler needs a 75 percent majority to secure the club’s NRL licence.
It is believed Tinkler has pledged $10 million in annual sponsorship over 10 years and plans to spend $2.5 a year on junior development.
While Burraston is confident the board has secured the best possible deal for the club, he says it’s too early to tell which way members will vote. He says opinion was divided at a passionate meeting of around 500 members in Newcastle on Monday night.