THE Newcastle Knights will pay tribute to injured team-mate Alex McKinnon, asking fans to ‘Rise for Alex’ on Sunday for the club’s round four game against the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium.
For the remainder of the season, all Knights NRL jerseys will carry Alex’s name and debut club number (#232) on the chest plate.
The number 16 jersey, which Alex was wearing in Monday night’s game, will be retired for the season. David Fa’alogo, who was named in 16, will now wear 18.
A number of junior rugby league players from Alex’s junior club Aberdeen, will form a guard of honour when the team runs out on Sunday. As the Knights and Sharks are on the field, the crowd will be asked to ‘rise for Alex’ and applaud.
The club is asking for messages of support for Alex and his family to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All messages we receive will be given to Alex and his family at the appropriate time.
Currently the Knights’s energies are directed to help Alex and his family in any way possible, however, when the time is right, the club will look at ways the community can assist Alex and his family.
There are no further updates at this time in regards to Alex’s condition. He remains in a critical but stable condition in a Melbourne hospital.