SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Chris Heighington of the Sharks is tackled during the round five NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Newcastle Knights at Southern Cross Group Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)
Newcastle Knights have announced the signing of experienced forward and two-time premiership winner Chris Heighington to the club for season 2018.
Signed on a one-year contract, Heighington made his NRL debut playing for the West Tigers in 2003 and notched up 201 NRL games before linking with the
Cronulla Sharks in 2013, to continue on to 317 NRL matches this year.
An English international since 2011, Heighington has been selected in the England squad for this year’s Rugby League World Cup in late October.
“I grew up on the Central Coast and always liked the Knights and I remember watching the 1997 and 2001 grand finals, so it just made sense,” said Heighington.
“There are some great young kids coming through the system and hopefully I can help out just as much off the field to see them grow as players.”
General Manager Football Darren Mooney said Heighington will bring valuable experience to the Club.
“Chris’ professionalism and his knowledge of the game will be a great asset to the Knights,” said Mooney.
“He will be able to provide strong leadership to our young players and will be able to assist in their development both on and off the field.”
Heighington will start with the Club following his Rugby League World Cup commitments.
Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements
2018 Gains Herman Ese'ese ( Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Slade Griffin ( Melbourne Storm, 2019), Aidan Guerra ( Sydney Roosters, 2020), Christian Hazard (2018), Chris Heighington ( Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Jack Johns (2018), Shaun Kenny-Dowall ( Sydney Roosters, 2019), Jacob Lillyman ( New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Tautau Moga ( Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Brent Naden ( Canberra Raiders, 2018), Mitchell Pearce ( Sydney Roosters, 2021), Kalyn Ponga ( North Queensland Cowboys, 2021), Connor Watson ( Sydney Roosters, 2020) 2018 Losses David Bhana (released), Brendan Elliot ( Gold Coast Titans), Jaelen Feeney (released), Dane Gagai ( South Sydney Rabbitohs), Jacob Gagan ( South Sydney Rabbitohs), Trent Hodkinson ( Cronulla Sharks), Rory Kostjasyn (retired), Peter Mata'utia ( Leigh Centurions), Sam Mataora (retired), Jarrod Mullen (released), Mickey Paea ( Hull FC), Pauli Pauli ( Wakefield Trinity), Will Pearsall (released), Tyler Randell ( Wakefield Trinity), Josh Starling (retired), Jack Stockwell ( Gold Coast Titans), Anthony Tupou (retired), Joe Wardle ( Castleford Tigers) Re-Signed Tyrone Amey (2018), Mitch Barnett (2020), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2019), Tom Hughes (2018), Jack Johns (2018), Danny Levi (2020), Nick Meaney (2018), Dylan Phythian (2018), Nathan Ross (2020), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020), Tom Starling (2018), Sam Stone (2020), Luke Yates (2018) Off Contract 2018 Tyrone Amey, Jamie Buhrer, Cory Denniss, Christian Hazard, Chris Heighington, Zac Hosking, Tom Hughes, Jack Johns, Brock Lamb, Pat Mata'utia, Sione Mata'utia, Nick Meaney, Brent Naden, Ken Sio, Tom Starling, Luke Yates