Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone has given fans an iron-clad guarantee the club will not be shedding any more players in the wake of the mid-season transfers of Cory Paterson and Beau Henry to rival clubs.
Henry became the latest player to part company with the Knights over the weekend after a deal was finalised with Gold Coast on Friday night.
Henry, unwanted by incoming coach Wayne Bennett, trained for the first time with the Titans yesterday after signing with the club until the end of 2013.
His hasty exit follows Paterson’s departure to the North Queensland Cowboys more than a week ago.
The transfers of both players are to free up room in the salary cap next season for the arrival of the likes of Darius Boyd, Kade Snowden and Timana Tahu. Stone, who is desperately trying to keep the focus on this season, admitted losing players mid-year was “far from ideal” but decisions were made in the best interests of the players involved.
Asked if the Knights are considering bolstering their current squad before the June 30 cut-off, Stone refused to rule it out.
“It’s a possibility.
“It could happen but it’s not on the agenda at this stage,” he said.
Any new player brought to the club would have to be okayed by Bennett.