Knights chasing ex-NSW prop Poore

Justin Poore

Knights keen on unwanted prop

Wayne Bennett, who once told Justin Poore he wasn't worth the money he was getting paid, is set to throw the former NSW State of Origin prop an NRL lifeline.

Bennett's Newcastle Knights outfit is believed to have a two-year deal on the table for the 27-year-old front-rower - who was unwanted by Parramatta after three injury-plagued seasons with the club.

It was during Bennett's reign with the St George Illawarra Dragons that Poore played for NSW in 2009, before he took up a big-money offer from the the Parramatta Eels which the Dragons failed to come close to rivalling.

It is claimed during those negotiations that Bennett told Poore's then-manager Todd Buckingham that the reason the Dragons were not willing to match other offers was because he was already being paid `overs'.

But with the Knights lacking depth up front behind Kade Snowden and Willie Mason, Bennett is keen on adding some extra muscle to his roster and only a last-ditch offer from abroad stands in the way of the pair reuniting.


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