KNIGHTS chief executive Matt Gidley is disappointed the club’s NSW Cup team will not get to host their qualifying final against Wentworthville Magpies in Newcastle on Saturday, despite earning that right by finishing second on the ladder.
North Queensland are set to continue their charge to the finals when they host the depleted Sharks.
The Roosters may be forced to defend their premiership without a recognised hooker, while South Sydney are set to welcome skipper John Sutton back when the sides clash on Thursday night.
Burgess consulted Sonny Bill Williams about switching codes.
Manly will fly to to Townsville with one hand on the minor premiership after hanging onto the competition lead by their fingernails.
They may have fallen short in their bid for this year's finals series but Dragons lock Trent Merrin believes a roller-coaster season has laid the foundations for the club's return as a title force.
Manly have pulled off a stunning come-from-behind escape in a drama-filled finale against Penrith on Sunday to put one hand on the NRL minor premiership.