When it comes to producing quality juniors, Newcastle has long been renowned as one of the best clubs in theNRL competition.
From Danny Buderus and Paul Harragon through to current stars Adam Clydsdale and Kurt Gidley, the Knights have always blooded exciting new talent from the Hunter region‘s vast array of juniors.
Talk to those inside the Club and it’s a production line that continues to roll out.
Just ask Knights’ recruitment officer Peter Mulholland, a bloke who has worked with some of the best juniors in the NRL as a coach and recruiter throughout an illustrious 19-year career.
Mulholland says the Club’s current crop is right up there with the best he has ever seen, including the star-studded Penrith sides from the early 2000s.
“The future is exciting for the club,” Mulholland tells Behind the Armour.
“It’s all on the back of good structures that Wayne has put in place and programs like the High Performance Unit (HPU).
“The juniors we have at the moment are right up there with the best I’ve seen.
“The Canterbury crop that they’ve got at the moment is a great group of kids.
“Penrith was also wonderful in the early 2000s. They included Luke Lewis, Luke Rooney, Steve Turner andFrank Pritchard.
“But this Newcastle group is potentially as good as them.