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Newcastle Knights 2017 Preview

  • Signings & Losses
  • Player Rankings
  • Strongest 17
  • Close Results Record
  • The Professor’s Prediction
  • Your Prediction

 

Signings & Losses

Signings: Jamie Buhrer (Newcastle, SR), Rory Kostjasyn (North Queensland – HK), Joe Wardle (ESL – C), Ken Sio (ESL – W), Josh Starling (Newcastle – P)

For what the Knights had to work with The Professor believes that have done a decent job. If Buhrer can stay injury free he will prove to be one of the best buys of the season. He will also prove to be a great mentor for the younger players within the back row. Kostjasyn gives them an NRL quality hooker, something they haven’t had since Danny Buderus. Josh Starling won’t exactly set the world alight but he will do the job required of him. Wardle and Sio come from the English Super League and will provide competition to an inexperienced backline.

Losses: Robbie Rochow (South Sydney – SR), Akuila Uate (Manly – W), Kade Snowden (Retired – P), Jeremy Smith (Retired – LK), Jake Mamo (ESL – FB), Chris Adams (NSW Cup – HK), Jarrod Mullen (Released – FE)

The Knights have lost a vast amount of experience – Smith, Mullen & Rochow – but have also managed to get rid of some under-performing players taking up a major amount of the salary cap – Uate & Snowden. Apart from Smith the others only had a minor contribution to the 1st-grade side and they won’t be greatly missed. Mullen was an unplanned departure and has placed enormous pressue on young Lamb to direct a young side around the park.

 

Player Rankings

Player Age 2016 Position 2016 Games Played 2016 Position Rank
Pat Mata’utia 24 C 14 43
Peter Mata’utia 27 C 16 47
Braden Robson 21 C DNP DNP
Joe Wardle 26 C DNP DNP
Dane Gagai 26 FB 22 16
Jaelen Feeney 23 FB 5 26
Nick Meaney 20 FB DNP DNP
Brock Lamb 20 FE 3 15
Jack Cogger 20 FE 6 23
Will Pearsall 22 FE 3 24
Trent Hodkinson 29 HB 23 19
Tyler Randell 25 HK 18 17
Danny Levi 22 HK 18 25
Rory Kostjasyn 30 HK 26 33
Dylan Phythian 22 HK 2 38
David Bhana 24 LK 7 23
Luke Yates 22 LK DNP DNP
Sam Stone 20 LK DNP DNP
Daniel Saifiti 21 P 20 25
Sam Mataora 27 P 20 38
Jack Stockwell 25 P 6 54
Josh Starling 27 P 20 55
Mickey Paea 31 P 15 66
Josh King 22 P 12 74
Bradie Smith 22 P DNP DNP
Mitchell Barnett 23 SR 9 5
Jamie Buhrer 28 SR 15 8
Sione Mata’utia 21 SR 16 27
Pauli Pauli 23 SR 15 39
Jacob Saifiti 21 SR 18 44
Lachlan Fitzgibbon 23 SR 5 77
Brodie Jones 19 SR DNP DNP
Nathan Ross 29 W 19 17
Brendan Elliot 23 W 16 39
Cory Denniss 20 W 7 48
Chanel Mata’utia 25 W 1 56
Jacob Gagan 24 W DNP DNP
Ken Sio 27 W DNP DNP

Strongest 17

1. Dylan Phythian
2. Brendan Elliot
3. Dane Gagai
4. Joe Wardle
5. Nathan Ross
6. Brock Lamb
7. Trent Hodkinson
8. Sam Mataora
9. Rory Kostjasyn
10. Josh Starling
11. Sione Mata’utia
12. Mitchell Barnett
13. Jamie Buhrer

BENCH
14. Daniel Saifiti
15. Pauli Pauli
16. Jacob Saifiti
17. Danny Levi

Close Results Record

Wins: 1
Losses: 5

The Professor’s Prediction

Verdict – 16th

Your Prediction