SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 04: Brent Naden of the Panthers holds aloft the winners trophy after the 2015 U20's Holden Cup Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Knights have re-signed five-eighth Jack Johns and welcome centre Brent Naden to the club on one-year contracts.

Johns played with the Club’s Under 20s in 2017 and shifted between playing in the halves and back row throughout the campaign.

He was rewarded with selection in Italy’s Rugby League World Cup squad, but his tournament was unfortunately cut short after he fractured his forearm in their opening match.

“Following on from an excellent season, Jack gets the chance to train full time and continue his development at the Club,” General Manager of Football Darren Mooney said.

“For Brent, he joins the Club for an opportunity and provides depth to our outside backs.”

Naden joins the Club from the Canberra Raiders, and while yet to make his NRL debut, he featured in Canberra’s 2017 Auckland Nines campaign.

The 21-year-old is a versatile outside back who can play centre, wing and fullback. In 2015, he was captain of Penrith’s Under 20s team.

Johns and Naden will train with the NRL squad this pre-season.

Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Herman Ese'ese (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), JJ Felise (Wests Tigers, 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 (Huddersfield Giants)
Re-Signed
Tyrone Amey (2018), Mitch Barnett (2020), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2021), Tom Hughes (2018), Jack Johns (2018), Danny Levi (2020), Nick Meaney (2021), Dylan Phythian (2018), Nathan Ross (2020), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020), Tom Starling (2018), Sam Stone (2020), Luke Yates (2019)
Off Contract 2019
Jamie Buhrer, Slade Griffin, Hymel Hunt, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Zac Woolford
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