Newcastle Knights anthem hoped to lift team spirits after tough start to season

NEWCASTLE country music star Morgan Evans has penned an anthem for the Newcastle Knights that he hopes will lift the team's spirits.

The song, called Long Live the Newcastle Knights, made its debut on The Footy Show on Channel Nine last week.

Evans said a personal observation of how teams were lifted when their songs were played had prompted him to write one for the Knights.

It comes at a difficult time for the Knights, with suspense surrounding the team's ownership and devastation for injured forward Alex McKinnon.

"I figured there's no time like the present to get something going," Evans said.

The song was recorded at the Grove Studios on the Central Coast.

Evans recruited his friend and fellow Newcastle musician Mark Wells to reach the high notes of the chorus.

The song is available for free download at the newcastleknights.com.au website.

Evans and his band will perform it live at the Knights' next home game, on Friday, April 18, against the Brisbane Broncos.

The Knights will play the North Queensland Cowboys next.

ALEX PLANS TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE

INJURED Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon appears to be soldiering on with his life, two weeks after his neck was broken in a lifting tackle against Melbourne Storm.

The 22-year-old announced his engagement to girlfriend Teigan Power on social media platform Instagram on the weekend.

The post acknowledged the "overwhelming" support he had received from the football community during his road to recovery.

He also declared he would walk Miss Power down the aisle, after specialists told him he could face the possibility of being a quadriplegic.

McKinnon remains in Melbourne's The Alfred hospital in a serious but stable condition.

He was brought out of an induced coma following surgery for damage to his C4 and C5 vertebrae.

He has some movement in his right arm, but no movement in his left arm or legs.

Melbourne Storm prop Jordan McLean was handed a seven-week ban for the career-ending tackle.

The National Rugby League judiciary took 10 minutes to find McLean guilty in a hearing in Sydney last week.

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