Knights announce three captains
The Newcastle Knights have announced three joint captains for the 2016 season, with new signing Trent Hodkinson joining Jeremy Smith and Tariq Sims as the club's new leaders.
The trio replace Kurt Gidley, who departed for the Super League at the end of last season.
"They are three really good candidates, all at different stages of their career," new coach Nathan Brown said.
"Jeremy has been around for some time and has been under some great systems and great coaches. He understands what's required not only to win, but how to win.
"Tariq has shown some outstanding leadership qualities and is an exceptional role model.
"Trent has valuable Origin experience, is very calm and well measured and can control the team on the field. He's an Origin player and played in grand finals and is a good mentor for the younger players."
The Knights kick off their season against the Titans on the Gold Coast next Sunday.