BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Herman Ese'Ese of the Broncos attempts to break away from the defence during the round six NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on April 6, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Knights have announced forward Herman Ese’ese has signed a three-year contract, commencing in 2018.

The 22-year-old made his NRL debut at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2015 before joining the Brisbane Broncos in 2016. He has currently played 23 NRL matches.

“It is exciting to be able to announce Herman’s signing and we look forward to welcoming him to the Club next season,” CEO Matt Gidley said.

“Herman is a young, explosive forward with a lot of great football ahead of him.

“He not only fits into our long-term plans but importantly, he is coming to the Club because he wants to be part of our future success.”

Ese’ese will join Kalyn Ponga, Tautau Moga, Connor Watson and Aidan Guerra at the Club in 2018, as well as Shaun Kenny-Dowall who arrived at the Club mid-season.

“After a number of signing announcements for the Club, we are confident in the playing roster we are building for next season and beyond,” Gidley concluded.

Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements

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

  1. A lot has been said about the Tigers recruitment, but I like what the Knights are doing. They truly are looking to the future. Yes, they will have a better team next year than this year, but it is obvious that they are looking past next year as well. For all of the problems the club is having, they seem to have this side of things in order.

    • Knights are recruiting alot smarter for sure. They are buying players to fill positions and are building a good future based on a team game style while the Tigers are not signing bad players by any means but a couple of the purchases they made are a bit rushed.

  2. Well done Knights. This kid is a good player and you won’t regret it.
    I was so peed off when we lost him to the Broncos but you know why that happened….thanks to our great coach and his recruitment. We lost Ese’ese, Finucane, Tapau, Ennis, Lafai and guess how they’re all going at the new clubs.
    Well Done Des….troyer!!!!

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