Driven by a desire to succeed childhood hero Danny Buderus as the Newcastle Knights’ long-term No.9, rising star Adam Clydsdale has turned down an offer from arch-rivals the Manly Sea Eagles to remain with the club for three more years.
Clydsdale was on the verge of accepting an offer from Manly at the end of this week.
But after productive talks yesterday with Knights coach Wayne Bennett, assistant Rick Stone and recruitment manager Peter Mulholland, Clydsdale’s manager Andrew Woolnough said the 2009 NSW under-16 representative had agreed to terms for three more years.
‘‘The Knights tabled a three-year offer, as did Manly, and we’re still finalising details about the third year,’’ said Woolnough.
‘‘But we’ve agreed that Adam will sign for three more years. It’s fair to say that at the very start he always intended to re-sign with the Knights, until the offer from Manly came in – and the enormity of that offer took us by surprise. Because of the size of it, we had to take it seriously, and it took a while for the wheels to start turning with Newcastle. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t about the money.
‘‘Adam has an emotional attachment to being a Knights junior and wanting to play first grade for the Knights and in front of the home fans here … he wants to carry on the legacy that Danny has left here.’’