SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31: Josh Starling of the Sea Eagles watches on from the bench during the round 21 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Newcastle Knights at Brookvale Oval on July 31, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Knights is pleased to announce Josh Starling has joined the Club on a one-year contract.

The 26-year-old prop forward has played 67 first grade matches at the Manly Sea Eagles and the South Sydney Rabbitohs over the last five years.

“Josh is a good competitor, a great trainer and does a lot of wonderful work in the community,” coach Nathan Brown said.

“These are all qualities on and off the field that are important to have around our young squad.”

Starling joins another former Manly player at the Knights in Jamie Buhrer, and is coming off a solid 2016 season in which he played 20 matches.

“It has all happened quickly but it is great to join the Knights,” Starling said.

“There is a lot of hard work ahead. There are no guarantees, so I have to train hard and earn my spot.

“There is a lot of young talent at the Club and that is exciting to be a part of.”

Starling joined pre-season training with the team on Friday morning.

Newcastle Knights 2017 Player Movements

2017 Gains
Tyrone Amey (2018), Mitch Barnett (Mid Season: Canberra Raiders, 2020), Jamie Buhrer (Manly Sea Eagles, 2019), Brendan Elliot (Mid Season: Sydney Roosters, 2020), Jacob Gagan (Cronulla Sharks, 2019), Zac Hosking (2018), Tom Hughes (Mid Season: South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2018), Jack Johns (2018), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Rory Kostjasyn (North Queensland Cowboys, 2017), Peter Mata'utia (Mid Season: St George Illawarra Dragons, 2021), Pasami Saulo (2020), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers, 2021), Josh Starling (Manly Sea Eagles, 2017), Tom Starling (2019), Anthony Tupou (Wakefield Trinity, 2017), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants, 2020)
2017 Losses
Jake Mamo (Huddersfield Giants), James McManus (retired), Robbie Rochow (Melbourne Storm), Korbin Sims (Brisbane Broncos), Tariq Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons), Jeremy Smith (retired), Kade Snowden (retired), Akuila Uate (Manly Sea Eagles)
Re-Signed
Cory Denniss (2020), Josh King (2020), Brock Lamb (2019), Dylan Phythian (2018), Nathan Ross (2019), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020)
Off Contract 2019
Jamie Buhrer, Slade Griffin, Hymel Hunt, Brodie Jones, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Zac Woolford

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