DONCASTER KNIGHTS: Newcastle swap deal talks for Friday Knights

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DONCASTER Knights are hoping to form a relationship with Premiership Newcastle next season whereby Falcons’ players could turn out for the Castle Park club.

Negotiations, which started last weekend, are still at an early stage but Knights’ boss Brett Davey, who held an informal discussion with the Newcastle chairman, told The Star that the arrangement - which wouldn’t be affected were Falcons to be relegated to the Championship this season - could prove beneficial to both clubs.

Davey said that Falcons would still retain a big playing squad next season even if they were to be relegated and that they would have problems keeping players match fit.

Knights have announced that Friday night, not Saturday afternoon, will be first choice for home games.

Knights feel that they will attract bigger gates when not in competition with Doncaster Rovers and that Friday night games would create a better atmosphere. But several long-standing supporters have already contacted The Star to express disapproval.

Before their game at game at Bristol last weekend Knights dropped in on Bristol-born scum-half Lee Audis, who was seriously hurt in a car crash in Doncaster late last year, and who is still receiving treatment in a Bristol hospital: “It was a really humbling experience,” said Davey. “Lee’s situation isn’t great but he’s certainly improved a hell of a lot and it was fantastic to see him being in such good spirits