In a move that will please Knights fans, but perhaps irritate other NRL fans, mining magnate Nathan Tinkler received the majority he needed, in order to become the official owner of the Newcastle Knights.
The move is a blessing in disguise for the Knights, as the formerly cash-strapped club now has room to move, and will no doubt be out to attract big names to the Newcastle Knights.
Tinkler only needed 75% to gain the victory, but he received an astonishing 97% of the vote, based on the 2500 Knights members that voted, in what is a monumental result for the Knights.
“What we have found is we have a united club with a united purpose which is now extremely well funded going forward,” Knights chairman Robbie Tew said.
Former Knights Chairman Michael Hill was overwhelmed at the huge support.
“I thought they [Tinkler Group] were going to win but the 97 per cent is an amazing figure,” he said.
“It’s a tribute to how hard they worked to get it over the line.”
Tinkler Sports Group Chief Executive was in awe of the result, and thanked all of the members for their support.
“It’s a historic night for Newcastle and a historic night for the club,” Edwards said.
“We are humbled to be given the privilege of being the joint custodians with the members of the Newcastle Knights.”
The move is set to ensure that the Knights remain a part of the NRL for years to come.