The Newcastle Knights have announced that 21-year-old utility Dylan Phythian has signed a one-year contract with the club.

A local junior, Phythian had his breakthrough season in 2016, making his debut in Round 25 and finishing off the year with two NRL appearances under his belt.

“On the back of what happened at the end of last year, to sign on is exciting news,” Phythian said.

Able to play at fullback, in the halves and at hooker, Phythian brings great utility value and will be training with the NRL side during the 2017 pre-season.

“My aim in 2017 is to get a few consistent NRL games, I want to cement a spot in the top squad and just improve as a player and a trainer,” Phythian explained.

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“This is my first proper pre-season in the last few years, and my first NRL pre-season.

“I’m a bit nervous about that, but it’s exciting at the same time.”

Newcastle Knights 2017 Player Movements

2017 Gains
Tyrone Amey (2018), Mitch Barnett (Mid Season: Canberra Raiders, 2020), Jamie Buhrer (Manly Sea Eagles, 2018), Brendan Elliot (Mid Season: Sydney Roosters, 2018), Jacob Gagan (Cronulla Sharks, 2019), Zac Hosking (2018), Tom Hughes (Mid Season: South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2018), Jack Johns (2018), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Rory Kostjasyn (North Queensland Cowboys, 2017), Peter Mata'utia (Mid Season: St George Illawarra Dragons, 2021), Pasami Saulo (2020), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers, 2018), Josh Starling (Manly Sea Eagles, 2017), Tom Starling (2018), Anthony Tupou (Wakefield Trinity, 2017), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants, 2020)
2017 Losses
Jake Mamo (Huddersfield Giants), James McManus (retired), Robbie Rochow (Melbourne Storm), Korbin Sims (Brisbane Broncos), Tariq Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons), Jeremy Smith (retired), Kade Snowden (retired), Akuila Uate (Manly Sea Eagles)
Cory Denniss (2018), Josh King (2020), Brock Lamb (2018), Dylan Phythian (2018), Nathan Ross (2020), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020)
Off Contract 2018
Tyrone Amey, Jamie Buhrer, Cory Denniss, JJ Felise, Christian Hazard, Zac Hosking, Tom Hughes, Jack Johns, Brent Naden, Ken Sio, Tom Starling, Luke Yates
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      • silvertail47

        He’s our wanna be ZT poet laureate mate. Gets his bad puns from Our puns are often full of innuendo and double entendres, his are more prosaic. To join the dots… Pythians = pythons. I think he wants to see your “python” son (e.g. innuendo/double entendre).

  1. Pyth·i·an (pĭth′ē-ən)
    1. Greek Mythology Of or relating to Delphi, the temple of Apollo at Delphi, or its oracle.
    2. Of or relating to the Pythian games.


    • So NOT a pun for a change? Impressive! I’m a student of history as well, very keen on ancient history in particular. Perhaps I’ve misjudged you? Or was it just a quick google search? I told you from my research of you for a year ago you were capable of more if you lifted your game. Good one!

      • silvertail47

        Most of my best mates are Greek, my favourite food is Greek, but before you slip in an innuendo the similarity ends there. 😉

        • Mmmm “most of my mates are Greek ” !!!! Your in good company then ,,, Silvertail47 is an Aussie lad of proud Greek migrants ,,, just don’t ask us to help with your tax returns !!! LOL ,,, jokes Treasurer Jokes !!!

  2. Good re-signing Knights fans! I rate the kid, and that cameo he played against Souths in round 25 impressed me. He also covers a lot of important positions and plays with a lot of energy and passion. I think he will show even more in 2017 (but he is still young and developing so don’t expect too much too soon).

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