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Squad Game: Knights roster changes and best 17 for 2022

Newcastle replicated their 2020 efforts of making the finals for the first time in seven years with another seventh-place finish in 2021. The ingredients are there to improve but can they find another gear?

Possible best 17
1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 7. Adam Clune 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. David Klemmer 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Tyson Frizell 13. Mitchell Barnett. Interchange: 14. Kurt Mann 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Brodie Jones

Read more: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/12/27/squ ... -for-2022/
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Again another team we're competing with for a bottom 8 finish.

Aside from Ponga that's a ordinary team.
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Lachlan Fitzgibbon should be locked up for impersonating a Rugbrugh Leeg player.
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dubby wrote:Again another team we're competing with for a bottom 8 finish.

Aside from Ponga that's a ordinary team.
Is it a competition to finish in the Bottom 8?
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Toviii wrote:
dubby wrote:Again another team we're competing with for a bottom 8 finish.

Aside from Ponga that's a ordinary team.
Is it a competition to finish in the Bottom 8?
It seemed like it last season with the Titans making the 8 with a 10-14 record.
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I’ve put a line through the knights. With Pearce and Watson leaving and now Brailey out for the season I think they will really struggle.


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RTW wrote:I’ve put a line through the knights. With Pearce and Watson leaving and now Brailey out for the season I think they will really struggle.


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Really? He's had a terrible run with injuries. They do have a good forward pack, though getting a bit old and Ponga if he decides to show up... but even before the loss of Brailey I didn't expect them to make the 8. Not sold on the coach.
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Yeah, I had them slipping out as well but this has just confirmed it for me.

They are now totally lacking any experience in the spine
Clifford 55 games
Clune 25 games
Randall 12 games
Even Ponga has only played 83 games. A really poor season could see Ponga walk out the door as well.


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Ponga will be Dolphins #1 target.

And he’ll go.
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-PJ- wrote: January 16, 2022, 3:06 pm Ponga will be Dolphins #1 target.

And he’ll go.
that will tickle me greatly.
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Besides Ponga, the centres, their main 3 props and Frizell that team is horrendous.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.
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julian87 wrote: January 23, 2022, 6:04 am Besides Ponga, the centres, their main 3 props and Frizell that team is horrendous.
A fullback who doesnt show up half the time, a couple of centres and an overrated edge
Just how i like my knights teams
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Kalyn Ponga re-signs with Newcastle Knights on five year deal

Newcastle Knights Captain Kalyn Ponga has signed a new five-year contract, securing his future with the Club until at least the end of 2027. Ponga expressed his excitement with the news and the certainty this new five-year contract delivers.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped throughout this process,” Ponga said.

“I’m grateful for the huge amount of time and hard work it has taken to get this new five-year deal completed, especially my family and key people from the club.

Read more: https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/new ... -re-signs/

Milford commences training with the Knights: https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/new ... e-knights/
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Madness. He is up there as the most overrated player in the comp.
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gergreg wrote: April 20, 2022, 4:13 pm Madness. He is up there as the most overrated player in the comp.
He is a great player, but the main concern I'd have is he seems pretty injury prone.
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Good player, but not worth $1 million a season. You pay something for his father to go back to Townsville though, by the sounds.
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pea heart who is the first in the team to drop his head and give it up when the team is down
And that's in the games he actually shows up ready to play, which is at best 50%

The flattest of flat track bullies. Maybe sometime in the next 5 years he'll find the motivation to deliver on his considerable talent week in and week out... i'd wouldn't bet on it though.
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The worse thing he did was leave cowboys for money at knights


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Botman wrote:pea heart who is the first in the team to drop his head and give it up when the team is down
And that's in the games he actually shows up ready to play, which is at best 50%

The flattest of flat track bullies. Maybe sometime in the next 5 years he'll find the motivation to deliver on his considerable talent week in and week out... i'd wouldn't bet on it though.
I thought Mitchell Moses was the flat track king but Ponga has taken the crown, with Prince Fifita next in line for the throne.
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Can't believe this guy is earning so much. Sooooo over rated.
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Not sure I understand the Ponga hate. The signing of him was the catalyst for lifting that club out of the doldrums.
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Ponga got a free feed outta sidemouth.

Then stays in Newy.
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the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 12:25 pm Not sure I understand the Ponga hate. The signing of him was the catalyst for lifting that club out of the doldrums.
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Watch him play every week and try and tell me with a straight face the he puts in the way you'd want from a 1m a year player.
As said, when the knights are getting beat, his head is the first to go down, he's the first guy who throws in the towel... and that's even in the games he shows up ready to be at his best, which is at 50% at most.

I said the other day, Jack Wighton might be a dumb **** and do some dumb ****, but you'd never walk away from a game thinking he didnt try or that he doesnt give a ****. Go and look at knights game day threads, even his own fans question his heart and whether he really puts in at club level.
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the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 12:25 pm Not sure I understand the Ponga hate. The signing of him was the catalyst for lifting that club out of the doldrums.
2015-2017: 3 x wooden spooners
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Looking at that he's lifted them to dizzying levels of mediocrity
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Northern Raider wrote: April 21, 2022, 2:55 pm
the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 12:25 pm Not sure I understand the Ponga hate. The signing of him was the catalyst for lifting that club out of the doldrums.
2015-2017: 3 x wooden spooners
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2020 and 2021 finish 7th
Looking at that he's lifted them to dizzying levels of mediocrity
3 wooden spoons to top 8 is some pretty significant improvement
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the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 9:58 pm
Northern Raider wrote: April 21, 2022, 2:55 pm
the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 12:25 pm Not sure I understand the Ponga hate. The signing of him was the catalyst for lifting that club out of the doldrums.
2015-2017: 3 x wooden spooners
2018 sign Ponga
2018 and 2019 finish 11th
2020 and 2021 finish 7th
Looking at that he's lifted them to dizzying levels of mediocrity
3 wooden spoons to top 8 is some pretty significant improvement
They had nowhere to go but up from the situation Tinkler left them in. It wasn't all Ponga that lifted them. They also added a few Origin players like Klemmer, Pearce and Frizell. Knights had a squad that was very capable of being a top 8 team. Some even thought top 4. Never really became contenders though. Still in the same situation.
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Don’t forget Edrick.

He lifted them.
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Northern Raider wrote: April 22, 2022, 7:08 am
the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 9:58 pm
Northern Raider wrote: April 21, 2022, 2:55 pm
the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 12:25 pm Not sure I understand the Ponga hate. The signing of him was the catalyst for lifting that club out of the doldrums.
2015-2017: 3 x wooden spooners
2018 sign Ponga
2018 and 2019 finish 11th
2020 and 2021 finish 7th
Looking at that he's lifted them to dizzying levels of mediocrity
3 wooden spoons to top 8 is some pretty significant improvement
They had nowhere to go but up from the situation Tinkler left them in. It wasn't all Ponga that lifted them. They also added a few Origin players like Klemmer, Pearce and Frizell. Knights had a squad that was very capable of being a top 8 team. Some even thought top 4. Never really became contenders though. Still in the same situation.
Ponga was the first big signing though that gave hope to other free agents who were looking for more than just a pension. Yeah he didn’t single handedly turn them around, but he was the biggest piece in lifting them from a laughing stock to a middle of the road team. In this era of haves and have nots, the knights are never going to be true contenders (outside of an aberration of a season) unless they luck into a Joey or Thurston type player. The Knights fans should be grateful as hell to what he’s done for the Knights, and they would be insane to let him go without a ready made replacement.
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the bone wrote: April 22, 2022, 8:08 am
Northern Raider wrote: April 22, 2022, 7:08 am
the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 9:58 pm
Northern Raider wrote: April 21, 2022, 2:55 pm
the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 12:25 pm Not sure I understand the Ponga hate. The signing of him was the catalyst for lifting that club out of the doldrums.
2015-2017: 3 x wooden spooners
2018 sign Ponga
2018 and 2019 finish 11th
2020 and 2021 finish 7th
Looking at that he's lifted them to dizzying levels of mediocrity
3 wooden spoons to top 8 is some pretty significant improvement
They had nowhere to go but up from the situation Tinkler left them in. It wasn't all Ponga that lifted them. They also added a few Origin players like Klemmer, Pearce and Frizell. Knights had a squad that was very capable of being a top 8 team. Some even thought top 4. Never really became contenders though. Still in the same situation.
Ponga was the first big signing though that gave hope to other free agents who were looking for more than just a pension. Yeah he didn’t single handedly turn them around, but he was the biggest piece in lifting them from a laughing stock to a middle of the road team. In this era of haves and have nots, the knights are never going to be true contenders (outside of an aberration of a season) unless they luck into a Joey or Thurston type player. The Knights fans should be grateful as hell to what he’s done for the Knights, and they would be insane to let him go without a ready made replacement.
This is the point. It seems like mediocrity is an acceptable outcome. Raiders fans can all relate to that. Maybe Sticky has over achieved during his tenure.

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Northern Raider wrote: April 22, 2022, 8:14 am
the bone wrote: April 22, 2022, 8:08 am
Northern Raider wrote: April 22, 2022, 7:08 am
the bone wrote: April 21, 2022, 9:58 pm
Northern Raider wrote: April 21, 2022, 2:55 pm
Looking at that he's lifted them to dizzying levels of mediocrity
3 wooden spoons to top 8 is some pretty significant improvement
They had nowhere to go but up from the situation Tinkler left them in. It wasn't all Ponga that lifted them. They also added a few Origin players like Klemmer, Pearce and Frizell. Knights had a squad that was very capable of being a top 8 team. Some even thought top 4. Never really became contenders though. Still in the same situation.
Ponga was the first big signing though that gave hope to other free agents who were looking for more than just a pension. Yeah he didn’t single handedly turn them around, but he was the biggest piece in lifting them from a laughing stock to a middle of the road team. In this era of haves and have nots, the knights are never going to be true contenders (outside of an aberration of a season) unless they luck into a Joey or Thurston type player. The Knights fans should be grateful as hell to what he’s done for the Knights, and they would be insane to let him go without a ready made replacement.
This is the point. It seems like mediocrity is an acceptable outcome. Raiders fans can all relate to that. Maybe Sticky has over achieved during his tenure.

P.S. you're on the clock in the NFL thread.
Yeah, unfortunately that’s the best all but a handful of clubs can hope for these days.

Good to know! Heading there now
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