GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: Jacob Lillyman keeps his eye on the ball during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Training Field on May 25, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

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.

Knights 2024 Player Movements

2024 Gains
Jed Cartwright (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2025), Jack Cogger (Penrith Panthers, 2026), Tom Jenkins (Penrith Panthers, 2025), Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan Warriors, 2025), Will Pryce (Huddersfield Giants, 2025)
2024 Losses
Fa'amanu Brown (Hull FC), Adam Clune (Huddersfield Giants), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (Warrington Wolves), Bailey Hodgson (Manly Sea Eagles), Oryn Keeley (The Dolphins), Kurt Mann (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Lachlan Miller (Leeds Rhinos), Simi Sasagi (Canberra Raiders), Dominic Young (Sydney Roosters)
Phoenix Crossland (2026), Tyson Frizell (2026), Dylan Lucas (2025), Greg Marzhew (2026), Enari Tuala (2024)
Off Contract 2024
David Armstrong, Bradman Best, Thomas Cant, Mat Croker, Dane Gagai, Tyson Gamble, Zach Herring, Brodie Jones, Krystian Mapapalangi, Myles Martin, Ryan Rivett, Enari Tuala, Toni Tupouniua

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