Are the stars aligning for the Newcastle Knights and their long-suffering fans?
The city's National Rugby League club is on a six-game winning streak, posted a rare profit last year and announced in May that it had surpassed 20,000 members for the first time.
Now, owner Wests Group has lodged plans for an $18 million centre of excellence at District Park, jointly funded by the NSW government, which will be the envy of most other sporting clubs in Australia.
Chief executive officer Philip Gardner has even been forced to beat off questions about whether the Knights are starting to look like "silvertails", the pejorative once aimed at Manly.
The Knights' million-dollar profit in 2018 was the third-best result in the league, behind only Brisbane's and South Sydney's, and a $5.6 million turnaround from the previous year, when the NRL ran the club.
Their membership is the sixth highest in the competition, and their average home attendance this year, 21,280, puts them within reach of a club record by season's end.
Newcastle's under-16 team won the Harold Matthews competition last month, an indication the club's junior programs are starting to bear fruit.
Supporters must be rubbing their eyes in disbelief after the darkness that enveloped the club when Nathan Tinkler's troubled ownership ended in 2014 and Newcastle collected wooden spoons in 2015, 2016 and 2017 while under the NRL's control.
Wests took over the Knights little more than 18 months ago after a long courting period with the NRL.
The licensed club behemoth had a reputation for not throwing good money after bad, and the evidence so far is that this reputation is well deserved.
The Knights' new owner stuck by coach Nathan Brown during a five-game losing streak this season, and now the team are fifth on the table and in sight of a first top-four finish since 2006.
Of course, the season is far from over, but big crowds, on-field victories, off-field stability, a buoyant financial position and now a state-of-the-art training centre on the horizon are cause for celebration.
The Knights' connection with the city and region had started to look a little frayed in recent years. Mr Gardner and his team are doing an excellent repair job.