Rugby League team the Newcastle Knights have partnered with the NSW Minerals Council to unveil a high-vis jersey to show their support for the 12,000 mine workers in the Hunter Valley.
The fluro-orange “clash” jersey, which resembles a miner’s high-vis uniform, will be worn when the Knights play against two Sydney teams in the 2014 NRL Season.
Newcastle Knights CEO Matt Gidley said mining has been an integral part of the Hunter for over 200 years, with many of the clubs current and former players involved in the sector.
“Mining the Hunter is a community based industry and has been for over two centuries,” Gidley said.
“The Knights have a proud connection to local mining in the Hunter. Over the years many of our players or their families have worked in the industry.”
Gidley says he can clearly remember Newcastle Knight’s great Paul Harragon rallying his team over the years by reminding them they were “proud sons of coal miners”.
“Our club is pleased to show our support for the Hunter mining workers and their families,” he said.
NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said with the Knights proudly donning their mining colours, he hoped mine workers would do the same when attending homes games at Hunter Stadium.
“This new jersey will resonate with thousands of local miners and their families who work in the mining industry, the Hunter and in Sydney,” Galilee said.
“Mining has had a tough 18 months but the industry has strong community support.”