Daniel Stig
Knights sweeten deal

The Newcastle Knights have upped the ante in their bid to re-sign rookie five-eighth Ryan Stig, offering him a two-year deal on increased terms.

Little known before his NRL debut last month, Stig has emerged as a priority retention target for the Knights on the strength of his five impressive NRL games.

The 21-year-old’s man-of-the-match effort on debut against the Penrith Panthers impressed incoming coach Wayne Bennett and the Knights tabled a one-year deal.

But Stig’s management rejected that offer and, with at least two rival clubs circling, Newcastle have extended their offer by a year.

Stig said last night that he was still waiting to liaise with his agent, David Riolo, but said ‘‘it’s a good position to be in’’, knowing that there was demand for his services.

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‘‘I wasn’t in that position five weeks ago, that’s for sure,’’ Stig said.

‘‘I’ll just talk to Dave and we’ll go from there.

‘‘I love Newcastle, and I don’t want to go anywhere, but at the same time you have to do what’s best for yourself and your family.’’

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