New look Newcastle Knights $1.90 to start with a winPosted on 16/01 by Joe Gann
A big turnaround in the fortunes of the Newcastle Knights is expected this year.
Weekly Expert Betting Tips - Join our free mailing listThe majority of sides in the competition will be approaching the new season with the question of how they integrate new signings effectively looming over them. For the Knights, it is a particularly pertinent question and one that coach Nathan Brown must deliver an answer to as he seeks to bed in six new captures.
Integration, point to prove after a hat-trick of last-placed finishes. All six of the new signings: Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga, Jacob Lillyman, Aidan Guerra, Tautau Moga and Connor Watson look likely to slot straight into the starting line-up and galvanise a playing group for whom losing games have become standard practice.
Solid foundations were laid in the last campaign, with significant progress made, highlighted by a purple patch in August that saw the Novocastrians win three matches on the run; the roster has a point to prove following a hat-trick of last-placed finishes.
Predictably, all eyes will be on Mitchell Pearce, who has an opportunity to flourish as the star of the team following his arrival from the Roosters, with the Knights finally landing the big name to inherit the number seven jersey.
The Knights have an enviable blend of youth and experience with Sione Mata’utia, Daniel Saifiti and Connor Watson, Kalyn Ponga and Tauta Moga all selected for their respective emerging representative sides - now bolstered by top-class additions, much is expected at the Hunter this term.
The spotlight will be on the Knights following their transfer activity, and they will go from a team playing with the freedom that an absence expectation brings, to one that will be under the microscope due to their extensive recruitment haul; a top-eight finish is being widely predicted for the team in 2018.
How they deal with the unusual situation of bearing the weight of expectation and being the subject of heavy scrutiny will be key to their success this term.
The Knights are $1.90 to beat the Sea Eagles.
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