SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Kurt Mann of the Dragons breaks the tackle of Matt Frawley of the Bulldogs during the round 24 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at UOW Jubilee Oval on August 26, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Newcastle Knights have successfully poached Kurt Mann from the Dragons on at least a three-year deal after the utility was given release from his contract at St George with a season remaining.

It is understood by The Herald that Mann will finalise his new contract with the Knights as soon as possible, and could formally join Newcastle’s preseason preparation as early as Tuesday.

The opportunity to transform himself from a utility into a dedicated hooker is considered the primary motive for Mann’s decision, with the Knights looking to fill the void left by Slade Griffin’s long-term injury.

Mann has spent the majority of his career playing in a mix of backline positions, making his debut for Melbourne Storm in 2014 and then joining St George from 2016 onwards.

Originally from Queensland, Mann got his start with the Winton Devils but joined the Knights in 2011 to play in the NYC competition.

With the signing of Mann, Newcastle now have just one spot remaining in their 30-man playing roster for 2019.

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