NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Valantine Holmes and Chris Heighington of the Sharks celebrate a try during the round 10 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Yet to announce a single import to bolster their wooden-spoon squad next season, Knights officials are poised to embark on a signing spree in coming weeks.

The Herald has been told Newcastle are confident of enlisting as many as seven new recruits before season 2017 kicks off.

Among the names doing the rounds are Gold Coast forwards Greg Bird and Luke Douglas, Cronulla veteran Chris Heighington, North Queensland hooker Rory Kostjasyn and Canberra prop Paul Vaughan.

Newcastle will also be hoping to expedite the arrival of Huddersfield back-rower Joe Wardle, who has signed to join the Knights in 2018.

Titans speedsters David Mead and Josh Hoffman might also feature in discussions.

The retirement of Kade Snowden and the expected transfer of Akuila Uate to Manly is expected to free up salary cap space, and Jack Stockwell, Tyler Randell and Jake Mamo have also reportedly been encouraged to explore other opportunities.

Read more at the Newcastle Herald

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