The Newcastle Knights have signed experienced forward Jacob Lillyman for season 2018.
The 33-year-old has signed a one-year contract.
Lillyman made his NRL debut playing for the North Queensland Cowboys, against the Knights, in 2003. He played 62 NRL games before linking with the New Zealand Warriors in 2009, where he made a further 189 NRL appearances.
In addition, Lillyman has played 14 Origin matches for Queensland.
“Newcastle is a good young team on the up and I’m really looking forward to getting over there and getting stuck in,” said Lillyman.
“I think the Knights have got some great young players, especially in the forwards, and I am keen to help them in their development.
“Newcastle is a very proud rugby league region and town and I can’t wait to experience that first hand.”
General Manager Football Darren Mooney said Lillyman’s experience will be a great asset to the Club.
“Jacob has plenty of experience and he will not only be a great contributor, but will provide wonderful leadership for our young squad,” Mooney said.
Lillyman will commence pre-season training with the Club in November.
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, Josh King, Brock Lamb, Jacob Lillyman, Pat Mata'utia, Sione Mata'utia, Nick Meaney, Brent Naden, Dylan Phythian, Ken Sio, Tom Starling, Luke Yates|