I grew up as a huge fan of the Newcastle Knights.
I’m sure I would’ve driven our neighbours crazy at times when I used to kick and chase the footy in the front garden and tried to re-enact some of the Johns brothers plays from the weekend.
While I didn’t end up playing rugby league – my long neck and skinny frame were valid reasons behind my parents’ decision to sign me up for soccer at a young age – I still followed the ups and downs of the game from a distance.
It has been difficult to watch the Knights’ struggles and the numerous false dawns over the past decade.
However, without wanting to put the mockers on the team, Newcastle’s 14-all draw with Penrith on the weekend was everything supporters want to see – guts, determination and pride in the jersey.
This week’s cover features a well-known Knights old boy, Mark Hughes, and his sleepy sidekick Clifford.
The current climate is proving tough for everyone, including charities, but the Mark Hughes Foundation will be grateful for any support received from the community during this year’s Beanies for Brain Cancer campaign.
Flick to page 12 to read about how the foundation started and how you can lend a hand.