Knights captain Kurt Gidley comes off contract at the end of the season, and there has been speculation that he plans to follow the lead of older brother Matt and play out his career in the English Super League.
Kurt passed Matt on the list of all-time games played last year and now sits on 229, equal third with Tony Butterfield behind Danny Buderus (257) and Andrew Johns (249). Staying and playing on in Newcastle, winding down his career in England or retiring are the three realistic options Kurt will consider.
Joining another NRL club would seem highly unlikely considering his blood ties to the Knights and his status as a staunchly proud born-and-bred Novocastrian.
Kurt said he would speak to his brother, coach Rick Stone and Knights football director Michael Hagan at the appropriate time to discuss his future and how that will impact on the retention of the club’s rising stars.