A strong performance from Newcastle in Queanbeyan has made Knights coach Nathan Brown's selection process much easier for their Round 1 clash.
It's been a rough time for the Knights, but there are some bright signs on the horizon as well. Some fast improving youngsters are set to begin a new era.
Newcastle have hammered Canberra in a NRL trial match in Queanbeyan, piling on 44 unanswered points.
Australia's youngest-ever Test player, Sione Mata'utia, is comfortable with his shift to back row and is hoping it doesn't put his rep future in doubt.
Finding underpriced players is crucial if you are going to be a successful NRL Fantasy coach. Here are 10 potential backline bargains.
Newcastle have named a 23-man squad, including recruits Jamie Buhrer, Josh Starling and Ken Sio, to face the Raiders at in Queanbeyan on Saturday.
The Knights believe they are a top eight side and will be drawing inspiration from an unlikely source as they look to return to finals footy.
Local Hunter products such as Sione Mata'utia and Indigenous Women's captain Bec Young have praised to decision to play the All Stars game in Newcastle.
With tackle-hungry forwards a staple of any good NRL Fantasy side, there's plenty of value on offer with a number undervalued ahead of Round 1.
Former Sydney Rooster and Cronulla player Anthony Tupou has signed a one-year deal with Newcastle as the NRL club look to replenish depleted forward stocks.