By Jack Brady
Halfway through last year I wrote an opinion piece about Nathan Tinkler’s successful takeover of the Knights for a University assignment.
After re-reading this opinion piece, I certainly jumped the gun with some of things I emphasised within it.
My previous opinion was based on the hopes and dreams of a premiership-winning Newcastle Knights teams.
The financial backing Tinkler provided for Newcastle has undoubtedly impacted them positively but this, as my past opinion emphasised, will not ultimately guarantee success.
Sure, Tinkler has eliminated the clubs debts and promised a guaranteed $10 million over the next decade but this will have no impact on whether they are a successful force in the 2012 National Rugby League season.
I noted in my previous opinion piece that I was bewildered by the three per cent who voted against the Tinkler privatisation of the Newcastle Knights, even going to the extent of questioning the naysayers legitimacy as true fans.
But now I have stopped viewing this through my ‘blue and red’ eyes.I’m facing the reality that having money and coach Wayne Bennett does not mean, unfortunately, the Newcastle Knights will win a premiership anytime soon.
The Knights brought back three former players last year in Timana Tahu, Kade Snowden and club legend Danny Buderus which worries me because they could very well be past their prime.
Take into account too the unknown signings of Alex McKinnon and Robbie Rochow.
Bar Darius Boyd, the Knights’ recruits and how they play in 2012 will be a mystery until they play the St George Illawarra Dragons on March 1.
I may be looking at the Knights 2012 campaign from a cynical perspective but with all these expectations, to the point they’re joint premiership contenders in numerous betting agencies, I won’t be surprised if this season is a complete failure.
Only time will tell.