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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Newcastle Knights will come back stronger after horror NRL season, says chairman Paul Harragon

Brad Walter A player in jail, one in a wheelchair, another in a mental health clinic, an owner gone broke and a coach who has quit.

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We'll prove Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett wrong, says Souths' Tom Burgess

Returning: Sam Burgess is set to ne named for the Rabbitohs to face Manly on Friday, a match which brother Tom has pledged will prove his side's title credentials.

Brad Walter Star forwards Sam Burgess and Ben Te'o are set to be named in the South Sydney team to play Manly at the SCG on Friday night in a match Rabbitohs prop Tom Burgess believes will confirm the team's...

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Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett to decide future within weeks

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Brad Walter Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett expects to make a decision on his future within weeks amid growing speculation that he is the No.1 target for the vacant St George Illawarra job.

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Newcastle Knights lash Melbourne Storm over Jordan McLean defence

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Brad Walter Angry Newcastle officials have hit out at Melbourne over the club's defence of Jordan McLean and questioned why his Storm teammates Jesse and Kenny Bromwich weren't also charged over the tackle on...

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Experienced recruits introduce culture of winning to Knights' department of youth

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Brad Walter The way Knights officials tell it, Wayne Bennett's decision to recruit one of the oldest teams in premiership history is actually about the club's youth.

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No drama here, say Knights

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Brad Walter NEWCASTLE'S chief executive, Matt Gidley, yesterday assured the ARLC that Nathan Tinkler was committed to the club - but officials believe there are enough safeguards in place to ensure the survival...

Forwards buy into the big idea as Roosters grind exhausted Knights to a halt

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Brad Walter Win the game in the first half and score the points in the second. It's a saying as old as rugby league itself, but one that was as relevant as ever at Allianz Stadium yesterday.

Knights set to make offer for Mason

Willie Mason

Brad Walter and Brett Keeble Knights officials are set to make a formal bid for out of favour Sydney Roosters international Willie Mason following a meeting of the club's football committee this morning

How hard work has turned Canterbury Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson into an integral part of NSW's Origin future

Making up for lost time: Josh Jackson has made a rapid rise through the ranks since joining the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Before joining Canterbury in 2010, Josh Jackson had never been selected in any representative team of note, but the 23-year-old second-rower is now considered an integral part of NSW coach Laurie...

ASADA pain could end soon for Cronulla Sharks

Season to forget: Dejected Sharks players after conceding another try against Melbourne on Saturday.

Brad Walter After 18 months of anguish and uncertainty, the worst could finally be over for Cronulla officials, players and supporters.

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Who 'duped' Cronulla Sharks players and how did they do it?

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Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith and his ASADA counterpart, Ben McDevitt, say past and present Cronulla players were "duped" into taking performance-enhancing drugs while at the club in 2011.

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Cronulla Sharks players accept doping bans

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Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen is one of 10 current NRL players to accept an ASADA deal which would result in a 12-month ban, back-dated to November 2013 for their involvement in the supplements...

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NRL's Rise For Alex McKinnon appeal nets more than $1.1 million

Emotional time: Alex McKinnon wipes away a tear during his homecoming at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

Brad Walter NRL supporters have donated more than $1.1 million for injured Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon, after a bucket appeal and the sale of wristbands at Hunter Stadium on Sunday raised $30,000 alone.

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Darius Boyd could follow Wayne Bennett to Brisbane

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Brad Walter Darius Boyd is tipped to follow Wayne Bennett to Brisbane next season but Joey Leilua has told Newcastle officials he doesn't intend to invoke a get-out clause in his contract if the seven-time...

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League will rally around Darius Boyd, says Cory Paterson

Empathy: Wests Tigers forward Cory Paterson has battled the black dog of depression.

Brad Walter and Andrew Wu Cory Paterson believes Darius Boyd's recent off-field antics may have been a "cry for help" and expects the Newcastle international to receive greater support in his battle with depression than he...

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Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for Brisbane Broncos

Josh Hoffman of the Broncos receives attention in the second half.

Brad Walter New Zealand Test fullback Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for the Broncos after suffering a broken leg in Thursday night's 42-16 loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

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Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

No serious damage: Sam Burgess falls awkwardly on his right shoulder during Souths’ win over the Raiders on Monday.

Brad Walter Rugby union-bound South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess admits he thought his NRL career may have been over when he was forced from GIO Stadium on Monday night due to a shoulder injury.

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Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough waiting in the wings to help Sea Eagles soar into finals

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Brad Walter Manly hope to have Glenn Stewart back from an ankle injury before the finals and could soon be at full strength for the first time this season as they charge towards a third grand final appearance in...

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Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla Sharks backed by NRL CEO Dave Smith

Career in tatters: Ex-Sharks five-eighth Todd Carney.

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has backed Cronulla's decision to sack Todd Carney and placed players "on notice" that there would be "consequences" if they damage the reputation of the code.

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St George Illawarra set to move on Wayne Bennett

Knight shift: Wayne Bennett will leave Newcastle at the end of the season.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust is expected to meet Wayne Bennett early next week to discuss the possibility of the seven-times premiership winning coach returning to the club next...