TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Lachlan Fitzgibbon of the Knights celebrates after scoring a try during the round 20 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Newcastle Knights at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 27, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Newcastle backrower Lachlan Fitzgibbon has signed a long-term contract with the Knights, securing his future until at least the end of the 2021 season.

The 24-year-old made 21 appearances for the Knights in 2018 and crossed the line nine times, as Newcastle CEO Philip Gardner is thrilled with his decision to sign on.

“Lachlan is a fantastic player and above all else, a quality young man,” Gardner told newcastleknights.com.au.

“Lachlan is a Newcastle product and represents what the Club is about. He’s dedicated, hardworking, selfless and puts the team first.

“He’s extended with us until 2021, at which time we hope he will be a State of Origin backrower.

“Having secured Lachlan, we have taking a big step forward to ensuring the Knights are on track for a successful future.”

The forward is pleased to remain in Newcastle, and spoke to the club’s website about his decision to put pen to paper on a new deal.

“I love this Club and the town, so to re-sign for another few years is incredible,” Fitzgibbon said.

“I feel like the playing group we have here are a great bunch of blokes and we’re building nicely towards some bright years.

“Knowing that I’ll be part of that is very exciting.”

Fitzgibbon made his NRL debut in Round 21, 2015, and has played 41 matches for the Knights, scoring 18 tries.

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