The Newcastle Knights will bolster their roster with mid-season recruit Jake Clifford joining the club next week.
The halfback is expected to play one final game for the North Queensland Cowboys before joining the Knights ahead of Round 13.
This move will allow Clifford to debut for the Knights as early as their June 6 matchup against the Paramatta Eels.
Knight's recruitment boss Clint Zimmerman spoke with The Newcastle Herald providing an update on the Clifford situation.
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"We had already signed Jake for the next two seasons and it's no secret after Mitch [Pearce] went down we were keen to get him here early if at all possible," he said.
"A few things had to fall into place for that to happen and they have so it's just a matter of finalising things now.
"The Cowboys want him to play for them next Friday night [against the Warriors] but he'll come down to Newcastle that weekend and have a full week of training leading into the game against Paramatta."
The mid-season recruiting doesn't end there however, with Newcastle looking to bring in the cavalry after their 4-7 start.
Club officials are reportedly moving closer to finalising a deal for the controversial Brisbane Bronco Matthew Lodge, the Newcastle Herald reports. Once completed, the prop will join the club immediately.
The deal is expected to be signed in the upcoming week and would allow him to also debut against the Eels. The Broncos will still be paying half of Lodge's $800,000-a-year salary.
In his interview with The Newcastle Herald, Zimmerman refused to comment on the potential signing of Broncos prop.
With only one available spot in the 30-man roster, the Knights will need to move another play on order to fit both into their squad.
One option raised a few weeks ago was a swap with out-of-form Knight David Klemmer. The swap would provide both players the opportunity to re-ignite their seasons, after a disappointing beginning of the year.
When asked about the player swap, however, it was news to Klemmer.
“Me and (coach Adam O’Brien) have a great relationship. He’s rubbished it, there’s nothing there," he said.
There have been other rumours surrounding veteran playmaker Blake Green. After struggling in his return from a knee reconstruction, his future remains unclear.
While the on-field potential of the Lodge and Clifford signings might be tantalising, fan responses haven't been that positive.
Knights fans have jumped to social media to voice their disapproval of adding Lodge to the list.
While angering fans, the move could leap Newcastle into the finals hunt. Despite their midseason record, the Knights still find themselves just one win out of the top 8.
North Queensland isn't leaving empty-handed, with the move allowing the Cowboys to get their hands on 2022 signing Tom Dearden a year early.