Knights name Gidley to face Cowboys

Coal & Allied Newcastle Knights Head Coach Rick Stone has named his team to travel to North Queensland to play the Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium this Saturday night.

Captain Kurt Gidley has been named despite being one of three injury concerns for the Knights following their emphatic victory over the Penrith Panthers on Sunday afternoon. An MRI yesterday revealed that the 28 year old had been cleared of any major injury to his back.

Young fullback Shannon McDonnell is on standby for Gidley following a stand out performance for the Central Coast Centurions during their 40-18 victory over the Windsor Wolves in the NSW Cup.

Unfortunately key recruit Neville Costigan underwent surgery on a broken arm late yesterday and is expected to miss a period of up to 12 weeks.

Cameron Ciraldo is looking for a big game in his first appearance for the Knights this season.