Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon

A sports journalist since 1986 at the Newcastle Herald and Canberra Times (four years), Robert has covered 16 seasons of NRL-level rugby league, three rugby league tours of England, Test matches, Origins, grand finals, international and Sheffield Shield cricket, Wimbledon, A-League soccer and all manner of sport at grassroots level. His stories appear across the Fairfax Media network.

League

Members' club set to reignite battle for control of Newcastle Knights

Robert Dillon After a brief ceasefire, the battle for control of the Newcastle Knights is expected to resume in earnest this week.

Knights founder Leigh Maughan asks Nathan Tinkler to hand club back

Nathan Tinkler.

Robert Dillon Three years ago he was one of Nathan Tinkler’s most vocal supporters. Now Newcastle Knights founding father Leigh Maughan says it is time for Tinkler’s Hunter Sports Group to hand the...

League

Knights face battle to remove Tinkler

Now or never: Nathan Tinkler has until 5pm Monday to save his ownership of the Newcastle Knights.

Robert Dillon The process of removing Nathan Tinkler as Newcastle Knights owner appears certain to kick off early next week, but it could be a long and bitter coup.

League

Nathan Tinkler joint ownership of Newcastle Knights unlikely, says club sponsor

On borrowed time: Knights owner Nathan Tinkler with his star recruit, coach Wayne Bennett.

Robert Dillon It is doubtful Nathan Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group can have any further role in running the Newcastle Knights if it is unable to secure a $10.

League

Clock ticking for Nathan Tinkler as Knights bank guarantee transferred

Nathan Tinkler

Robert Dillon Nathan Tinkler edged closer yesterday to defaulting on his commitments as Newcastle Knights owner but has not given up hope of retaining control of the club.

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League

Judiciary to deal with facts and consequences of McKinnon tackle

Alex McKinnon

Robert Dillon It was a terrible accident that could have unthinkable consequences for Alex McKinnon.

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League

Nathan Tinkler misses deadline with Knights guarantee

Nathan Tinkler

Robert Dillon Nathan Tinkler's reputation for brinkmanship faces its ultimate test after the Newcastle Knights owner failed to meet a deadline on Tuesday to secure a multi-million dollar bank guarantee.

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League

Newcastle Knights and Jets players not paid on time

Brett Keeble, Robert Dillon and James Gardiner The Newcastle Knights have played down a delay in monthly payments to a number of players as ‘‘not a huge issue’’.

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Bank guarantee doubt clouds Knights ownership

Newcastle Knights

Robert Dillon Nathan Tinkler’s ownership of the Newcastle Knights will be in jeopardy if he doesn’t renew a multimillion-dollar bank guarantee within the next fortnight.

League

Newcastle Knights take another hit with Ben Rogers charged with assault

Ben Rogers

Sam Rigney, Robert Dillon, Stephen Ryan As the Newcastle Knights stand firm despite a public outcry to sack jailed thug Russell Packer, Fairfax Media can reveal club official Ben Rogers is facing two assault charges after an incident at a...

League

Wayne Bennett dazed by Brad Fittler's plan to return for Auckland Nines

Wayne Bennett

Robert Dillon Renowned teetotaller Wayne Bennett queried his own sobriety after hearing that Roosters legend Brad Fittler was planning a comeback in the inaugural Auckland Nines tournament.

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League

Shining Knight: Uate in frame to score recall for World Cup

Akuila Uate

Robert Dillon Knights flyer Akuila Uate has surged into contention for an international recall after his dynamic performances at the cut-throat end of the NRL season.

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League

Buderus and Knights will live to fight another day: MacDougall

Adam MacDougall

Robert Dillon Adam MacDougall's rugby league career ended after a sudden-death loss to Melbourne at AAMI Park two years ago, but he does not expect Danny Buderus to suffer that fate.

Rugby League

Slater looms for Knights

Billy Slater in action against the Knights last month.

Robert Dillon Statistics show no player has troubled Knights more than champion fullback.

League

Knights fail to break Storm hoodoo

Billy Slater

Robert Dillon The gulf between the Newcastle Knights and the NRL's top four teams remained as wide as ever after they were beaten 23-10 by Melbourne Storm at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

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League

It's not finished yet, says Buderus

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Danny Buderus pictured at Nobbys Beach for story on his 250th game
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Robert Dillon Danny Buderus spoke for 10 minutes on Wednesday, but one brief sentence best encapsulated his attitude: ''It's not finished yet.''

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League

Junior that got away shows Newcastle his mettle in home-ground clash

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Robert Dillon You can't keep them all, or so the saying goes. Nonetheless, over the past 25 years, the Newcastle Knights' record of fostering young talent has been as good as, or better than, most clubs in the NRL.

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League

Gower backs Newcastle to make presence felt in finals

Craig Gower

Robert Dillon Evergreen Craig Gower said Newcastle were ''definitely'' on track to feature in the finals after helping them climb to fifth on the ladder with a 32-14 win against his former club Penrith on Sunday.

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League

Knights give Bennett his biggest win as their leader

Willie Mason

Robert Dillon The Newcastle Knights emerged from their mid-season slump to hammer fifth-placed Gold Coast 46-16 at Hunter Stadium on Sunday and return to the NRL's top eight.

League

Knights have nothing to fear in Tinkler coal sell-off: Gidley

Tinkler

Robert Dillon The Newcastle Knights' immediate future appears safe, with Nathan Tinkler's $10.3 million club bank guarantee remaining despite the sale of his interest in Whitehaven Coal.