Posted: 27 September, 2012
Newcastle Knights Boss Going Broke?
With club owner Nathan Tinkler reportedly being chased for unpaid debts, doubts are increasing over the future of the Knights.
Former Newcastle Knights player, Triple M's Matty Johns exclusively revealed that club credit cards have been cancelled.
"I know some Newcastle Knights staffers went to pay for certain things on a club credit card and it had been cancelled. From that point of view, there are some obvious concerns. I just hope that Wayne Bennett got his money up front," Matty told The Grill Team.
Matty Johns says "The Knights short term future is assured." Former Knights chairman Robbie Tew put safety nets in place before Tinkler took ownership of the Knights, but the worry is that the club's reputation is now inseparable from Tinkler's.
And, although the club would still have solid financial footing, MG says "if you are a player or on the coaching staff, you'd be starting to get a little bit twitchy."
Matty hopes that the Knights continue to be one of the powerhouses of League, but he says "the real concern is that every single day I pick up the paper and there are new revelations about Nathan Tinkler. Not only is it a real problem for the Newcastle Knights, it could be a real problem for the NRL."
Matty On The Knights' Future
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