Playing career
Richmond: 279 games, 141 goals

Coaching career
Geelong: Assistant coach (midfield) since 2015. Previously VFL coach 2012-2014.
Essendon: senior coach 2008-2010
Bendigo: VFL coach 2005-2007
Port Adelaide Magpies (SANFL): senior coach 2004


Knights has coached at AFL, VFL and SANFL level during his career. He led Essendon for three seasons after stints with Bendigo and Port Adelaide Magpies. Knights led the Bombers to the finals in 2009 and was responsible for giving opportunities to many young players.

In his first season with the Cats he worked brilliantly in grooming young players for senior selection and guided the club to the VFL premiership. He followed up by leading the Cats back to the VFL grand final in 2013. Knights moved back to the AFL program for the 2015 season as assistant coach working with the Cats midfield group.

Before being appointed Essendon coach in late 2007, Knights guided the Bendigo Bombers, twice taking them to the VFL finals. He also coached Port Adelaide in the SANFL in 2004 after spending 2003 as an assistant coach with the club.


Knights enjoyed a brilliant playing career with Richmond. He was named in the Tigers team of the century, twice won the best & fairest, was named in the All Australian team in 1998 and finished runner up in the 1995 Brownlow medal.

Knights retired in 2002 after playing 279 games, 101 as club captain. He played in Richmond’s finals campaigns in 1995 and 2001.