The NRL’s silly season is now officially open after the Finals and the November 1 contract deadline. Smart Signings relaunched to provide insight into the weaknesses and needs of NRL clubs. Adam O’Brien knows the challenges of being an NRL coach. The Knights boss was almost sacked but turned things around and signed on for another year. Ponga’s return to form at fullback helped unlock the Knights’ attacking potential. Completing 10 games wins was essential in their successful season. The Knights face some challenges regarding player departures and arrivals. In 2025, the Knights will face significant departures, making it a critical time for the team to capitalize on their current strengths. They need to find a talented winger to replace Young to maintain their high-scoring ability. The list of available wingers is limited, and acquiring a top talent like Josh Addo-Carr would be a game-changer for the Knights. Swapping Jacob Saifiti for Addo-Carr could be a genius move.

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