PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Greg Bird of the Titans runs the ball during the round 13 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Gold Coast Titans at nib Stadium on June 5, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Newcastle have identified Greg Bird as the man to rebuild the Knights and have made moves to poach the NSW Origin star.

The Courier-Mail can reveal a Knights official contacted the Titans recently to inquire about Bird’s contractual status.

Coach Neil Henry said the 225-game veteran was contracted to the club next year.

Read more at the Courier Mail


  1. One of six players I hope they sign. Their shopping list should be-

    Greg Bird- Experienced head to lead the pack
    Zak Hardaker- World class fullback
    James Segyaro- Creative top line hooker
    Paul Vaughn- Metre eating hard running player
    Shaun Lane- Solid edge player, can play 80 minutes
    Robert Jennings- Strong, reliable fast.

    Possible 17

    1. Zac Hardaker
    2. Nathan Ross
    3. Sione Matautia
    4. Dane Gagai
    5. Robert Jennings
    6. Jarrod Mullen
    7. Trent Hodkinson
    8. Paul Vaughn
    9. James Segyaro
    10. Sam Mataora
    11. Shaun Lane
    12. Korbin Sims
    13. Greg Bird (c)

    14. Danny Levi
    15. Daniel Saifiti
    16. Jacob Saifiti
    17. Josh King

    • I agree that they should go for Segeyaro, but I believe they want Levi to be their main hooker, plus I think Segeyaro may go to Dragons, with Rein going to Super League. Hardaker would be a great signing but I think he may go to the Gold Coast instead IMO, but I think he would be just what the Knights need. Lane, Bird, Vaughn and Jennings I agree completely with, they would be very handy pickups for them. Personally would like them to take Blake Green off our hands at the Storm, and hope we can take Nikorima off your hands.

      My Possible 17
      1. Mamo (just give him time)
      2. Ross
      3. Gagai
      4. Mata’utia
      5. Jennings
      6. Green
      7. Hodkinson c
      8. Vaughn
      9. Levi
      10. Sims c
      11. Lane
      12. J Saifiti
      13. Bird

      14. Randell
      15. D Saifiti
      16. Mataora
      17. Fitzgibbon/Stockwell/Rochow (best one based on form)

  2. I can’t see him wanting to leave him and his mrs have their business at the gold coast. A number of things going against Knights signing him before his contract has ended next season. Titans wouldn’t want to release him in current form he is a big part of the Titans. I would imagine after years being apart of clubs trying to rebuild, the Titans are very close to having what it takes for a premiership and the Knights have hit rock bottom in regards to competition performance their 300+ points differential is evidence of that. I can’t see him in the Blue and Red before 2018.

  3. A few players id like to see in the Knights are:
    Hardaker – Class FB
    Fensom – Seems like a non flashy all heart Knights player
    Vaughan – Would bring size and footwork
    Mike Cooper – See Vaughan
    Brenko Lee – Will bring aerial threat that knights lack.
    Toafofoa Sipley – Great young prop They need impact and love ex junior Warriors
    Joseph Manu/Jonny Tuivasa Sheck – Players that create danger out wide
    Joel Thompson/Bird/Heighington – Experienced second rower

  4. 1. Hardaker
    2. Ross
    3. Gagai
    4. Matautia
    5. B Lee
    6. Lamb
    7. Hodkinson
    8. Vaughan
    9. Levi
    10. Mataora
    11. Bird
    12. Thompson
    13. Fensom
    14. Randell
    15. Sipley
    16. D Saifiti
    17. J Saifiti

  5. Isn’t Ethan Lowe still off contract? Maybe the Knights should go after him. I doubt the Cowboys would let that happen, but i think he would be good buy for the Knights, he is an 80 minute player, he works hard, he can goal kick and he has played almost 2 years around one of the best packs in the nrl, plus players like Thurston, Morgan and Coote. It could be a good oppurtunity to show that he doesn’t need those players around him and that he can hold his own

  6. Zac Hardaker
    Paul Vaughan
    Shaun Lane
    Keiran Moseley
    Matt Gillett

    1. Hardaker
    2. Ross
    3. Matautia
    4. Gagai
    5. Mamo/Feeney/Matautia
    6. Mullen
    7. Hodkinson
    8. Vaughan
    9. Levi
    10. Mataora
    11. Lane
    12. Gillett
    13. Sims

    14. Moseley
    15. Saifiti
    16. Saifiti
    17. Stockwell/Rochow

  7. they should create a young team with a couple old heads.

    1. carlin anderson
    2. ross/ g jennings
    4. javid bowen
    5. mamo/g jennings
    6. mullen/green/hughes
    7. hodkinson
    8. matora
    9. levi
    10. hannant
    11 tonganoa
    12. bird
    13. sauso sue

    14. perter wallace
    15. sims
    16. ben creigh
    17. barnett

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