Just months after telling Jesse Ramien his future was away from Newcastle, the Knights are reportedly set to offer the centre a new four-year deal in the hope he returns to the club.
The Sydney Morning Herald understands the Knights will look to bring Ramien back following the departure of coach Nathan Brown.
Ramien was unhappy at the Knights with his contract at the time and the lack of football he was receiving out wide, although a new deal could present new hope for the 22-year-old.
“If Jesse wants to talk to us, we’d certainly be happy to discuss an upgrade and extension,” Newcastle chief executive Philip Gardner told the Herald.
“Certainly we were very disappointed Jesse went. Jesse is a fine young man and player. He had family in the region and that’s the reason he came to us in the first place.
“He was unhappy with where his contract sat and it was certainly my intention to renegotiate that with an upgrade and extension with us. If he wanted to come back and talk to us, we’d be very happy to talk to him.”
Ramien could be looking at a four-year deal from the Knights, and one that would be vastly improved to the one he was on this season, according to Gardner.
“We’d certainly have that discussion with Jesse,” Gardner said.
“We know he is talking to a lot of other clubs; a lot of clubs are interested in him. He’s a young man with a lot of talent. He certainly [craves] the right leadership, the right direction, the right support.
“If we can provide all of those things to him, we’d certainly talk to him about an extension.”
Ramien has knocked back offers from Cronulla and North Queensland, as his playing future remains unknown.