Newcastle have met with Brisbane young gun Tevita Pangai Junior, as they try to entice the 21-year-old to leave the Broncos and join the Knights.
Pangai Jnr spoke to the Knights on Thursday and toured the club’s facilities, given he’s yet to re-sign with the Broncos.
Brisbane still remain the favourites for Pangai Jnr, although the Knights are pressing their claims.
According to the Herald, one source inside the Knights believed they were a shot to land Pangai Jnr.
“He wouldn’t have come down here if he wasn’t interested. The Broncos are probably still the favourites but hopefully we’re in with a chance,” they told the Herald.
The Tongan international has played 52 games for the Broncos since making his debut in Round 12, 2016, and has represented his country on three occasions.
Pangai Jnr grew up in Newcastle and played for South Newcastle, before signing for Canberra as a 17-year-old.
Retiring forward Chris Heighington believes the Knights will try to sign a few more big bodies before the 2019 season, to add to the impending arrival of Tim Glasby from the Storm.