TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Jack Stockwell of the Knights looks dejected after losing the round eight NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Newcastle Knights at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Knights have confirmed a number of players who won’t be returning to the club in 2018.

It’s well known that Dane Gagai has signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs next season, along with the departures of Tyler Randell (Wakefield Trinity), Mickey Paea (Hull FC) and Joe Wardle (Castleford Tigers) all picking up deals clubs in the English Super League.

Veteran Anthony Tupou has announced his retirement after a long career in the NRL, as well as forward Sam Matoara.

Rory Kostjasyn has also been forced to retire after suffering a complex throat injury during a routine pre-season training session in January.

“Retirement was a combination of medical advice and how my body was unable to adapt to a reduced airway,” Kostjasyn explained at the time.

“It has by far been the most challenging six to seven months I’ve faced, not only in my career but in everyday life.

“Unfortunately, it’s a challenge that I’ve been unable to overcome.”

The Knights have also confirmed the departure of a number of other players via the club website, with Jack Stockwell, Sam Matoara, Pauli Pauli, David Bhana, Josh Starling, Will Pearsall and Jaelen Feeney all not returning next season.

Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
JJ Collins (Wests Tigers, 2020), Herman Ese'ese (Brisbane Broncos, 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, 2019), Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters, 2021), Kalyn Ponga (North Queensland Cowboys, 2022), 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 (2019), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020), Tom Starling (2019), Sam Stone (2020), Luke Yates (2019)
Off Contract 2019
Jamie Buhrer, Slade Griffin, Hymel Hunt, Brodie Jones, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Zac Woolford

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