during the round 14 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Newcastle Knights at Lottoland on June 9, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

The Newcastle Knights have announce the re-signing of local junior Luke Yates for the 2018 season.

Yates made his NRL debut in Round 1 this season and went on to play 19 matches, before injury ended his season in Round 24.

“Luke is a great young talent and thoroughly deserves this contract extension,” General Manager Football Darren Mooney said.

“Luke has progressed through the grades at the Club and made a successful transition to the NRL this season.

“He is a popular teammate and consistent contributor and we look forward to seeing his continued development at the Knights.”

The 22-year-old is a West Newcastle junior.

In other news, Knights outside back Tom Hughes has signed a one-year contract extension with the Club.

Hughes joined the Knights in 2016, after spending four seasons with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

This season, the South Coast junior was the leading try scorer in the Intrust Super Premiership (ISP) competition and was named ISP’s Players’ Player.

“Tom has been one of our most consistent performers this season and thoroughly deserves a contract extension,” ISP coach Simon Woolford said.

22-year-old Hughes will have the opportunity to train with the NRL squad during the pre-season.

Meanwhile, the Club has taken up 2018 contract options for Sam Stone, Dylan Phythian and Nick Meaney, and also re-signed promising young hooker Tom Starling for 2018.

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Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
JJ Collins (Wests Tigers, 2020), Herman Ese'ese (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), 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)
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 (2019)
Off Contract 2019
Jamie Buhrer, Slade Griffin, Hymel Hunt, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Zac Woolford
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