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), Chris Heighington (Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Jacob Lillyman (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Tautau Moga (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), 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), Rory Kostjasyn (retired), Peter Mata'utia (Leigh Centurions), Sam Mataora (retired), Jarrod Mullen (released), Mickey Paea (Hull FC), Pauli Pauli (released), Will Pearsall (released), Tyler Randell (Wakefield Trinity), Josh Starling (retired), Jack Stockwell (released), Anthony Tupou (retired), Joe Wardle (Castleford Tigers)|
|Re-Signed: Mitch Barnett (2020), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2019), Tom Hughes (2018), Danny Levi (2020), Nick Meaney (2018), Dylan Phythian (2018), Nathan Ross (2020), Tom Starling (2018), Sam Stone (2018), Luke Yates (2018)|
|Off Contract 2017: Jacob Gagan|