SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 04: Rory Kostjasyn of the Cowboys celebrates victory during the 2015 NRL Grand Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Knights is pleased to announce the signing of Rory Kostjasyn, who joins the Club on a 2-year contract.

Kostjasyn grew up on the Central Coast but joined the Melbourne Storm in 2010, where he made his NRL debut and played 32 games.

Kostjasyn moved to the North Queensland Cowboys in 2013, playing 93 matches and winning a premiership in 2015.

The 29-year-old plays at hooker, lock and also in the halves.

“I’m looking forward to getting to the Club and seeing all of the young guys tear in and improve on what they’ve built this year,” Kostjasyn said.

“It’s an exciting time and there’s going to be some hard work.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve lived close to family and friends, so I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Coach Nathan Brown has singled out Kostjasyn’s experience and leadership as great gains for the Club.

“We are pleased we can bring Rory back to the region after a number of years away,” he said.

“He is a natural football player who knows how to prepare and knows how to win.

“Rory joins the Club after playing in two successful systems at the Storm and Cowboys.

“He will provide strong leadership and be able to educate our young side.”

Kostjasyn officially joins the Club when pre-season commences on November 1.

Knights 2024 Player Movements

2024 Gains
Jed Cartwright (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2025), Jack Cogger (Penrith Panthers, 2026), Tom Jenkins (Penrith Panthers, 2025), Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan Warriors, 2025), Will Pryce (Huddersfield Giants, 2025)
2024 Losses
Fa'amanu Brown (Hull FC), Adam Clune (Huddersfield Giants), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (Warrington Wolves), Bailey Hodgson (Manly Sea Eagles), Oryn Keeley (The Dolphins), Kurt Mann (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Lachlan Miller (Leeds Rhinos), Ryan Rivett (Toulouse Olympique), Simi Sasagi (Canberra Raiders), Dominic Young (Sydney Roosters)
Re-Signed
Phoenix Crossland (2026), Tyson Frizell (2026), Dylan Lucas (2025), Greg Marzhew (2026), Enari Tuala (2024)
Off Contract 2024
David Armstrong, Thomas Cant, Mat Croker, Dane Gagai, Tyson Gamble, Zach Herring, Brodie Jones, Krystian Mapapalangi, Myles Martin, Enari Tuala, Toni Tupouniua

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