HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Joe Wardle of Huddersfield Giants during the Super League match between Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Wildcats at John Smith's Stadium on April 21, 2014 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Knights is pleased to announce the signing of English Super League centre Joe Wardle.

Wardle has signed a three-year contract and will join his new teammates at pre-season training as soon as a visa is secured.

The 25-year-old will arrive at the Club from the Huddersfield Giants, where he has played more than 140 games.

“I coached Joe during my time in England and know he will be a great addition to our young squad,” coach Nathan Brown said.

“Joe comes with plenty of Super League experience and adds some real versatility to our squad. He is as comfortable in the second row as he is at centre.”

Wardle had originally agreed to join the Club in 2018, however the release of Jake Mamo to the Giants made way for Wardle to sign for 2017.

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“We identified him as a player we wanted at the Club, so we are obviously pleased Joe joins us for next season,” Brown added.

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)
Re-Signed
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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5 COMMENTS

  1. Good stuff Knights. Slowly building up the depth that was lost due to poor player management and retention. Should see a lot of improvement this year and hopefully in the 8 in just year or two if all goes to plan.

  2. 1. Ponga
    2. Sio
    3. Warde
    4. Gagai
    5. Elliott/Ross/P Matautia

    Thats a more than handy backline now. Sio will prove to be one of the best buys hes a very good finisher I’m predicting about 12 tries. Still think the problem areas are experience and aggressive in the forwards and creativity in he halves.

    • Idk why you have sio on his own and ross as an option? Ross ponga and gagai will be definites and probably wardle then sio gagan elliott Mata’utia denniss

  3. Ross will get a start over Elliot any day of the week.. he was our best attacking player by a mile this season.

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