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.”

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

Newcastle Knights 2017 Player Movements

2017 Gains
Tyrone Amey (2018), Mitch Barnett (Mid Season: Canberra Raiders, 2020), Jamie Buhrer (Manly Sea Eagles, 2019), Brendan Elliot (Mid Season: Sydney Roosters, 2019), Jacob Gagan (Cronulla Sharks, 2019), Zac Hosking (2018), Tom Hughes (Mid Season: South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2018), Jack Johns (2018), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Rory Kostjasyn (North Queensland Cowboys, 2017), Peter Mata'utia (Mid Season: St George Illawarra Dragons, 2021), Pasami Saulo (2020), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers, 2021), Josh Starling (Manly Sea Eagles, 2017), Tom Starling (2018), Anthony Tupou (Wakefield Trinity, 2017), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants, 2020)
2017 Losses
Jake Mamo (Huddersfield Giants), James McManus (retired), Robbie Rochow (Melbourne Storm), Korbin Sims (Brisbane Broncos), Tariq Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons), Jeremy Smith (retired), Kade Snowden (retired), Akuila Uate (Manly Sea Eagles)
Cory Denniss (2020), Josh King (2020), Brock Lamb (2019), Dylan Phythian (2018), Nathan Ross (2019), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020)
Off Contract 2019
Jamie Buhrer, Slade Griffin, Hymel Hunt, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Zac Woolford


  1. It’s looks like it’s going to be another tough year in Newcastle I’m afraid to say. Similar to the end of last season, they have lost a lot of experience with McManus, Smith and Snowden retiring, and Rochow, Sims and Uate moving on.

    On a positive note they have a lot of young talent which they can hopefully keep.

    • McManus played no games this year, Snowden played 1/2 a game this year, so they werent even really part of the on field team anyway. Rochow played 8 games, Sims played 8 games and Uate played 10 games. Most of the games played by these players were before the halfway mark of the season. Even though they lost games after this, I thought they showed a lot more effort and hunger in the games that contained the more inexperienced group than the group that started the year. Smith will be a huge loss, but the young talent will get a full pre-season in and will hopefully learn from their first year in 1st grade.

  2. What “they’ve built on”. Bennett screwed em but I’ve got nothing but respect for the young blokes coming in and tearing it up.

    Go the Knights !

    • +1

      In fairness though it wasn’t just Bennett. Tinkler made promises he couldn’t deliver on and wrote cheques that bounced! Bennett though does have a record of poaching players from the clubs he has coached which didn’t do the Knights any favours either. Not sure if Boyd counts as one though or as a stalker (50/50)

  3. for those who will come at me with there pitchforks and spears if you wish to blame anyone blame the game between the storm and knights and the tackle that did end the career of Alex McKinnon…..

    • That was a major turning point of that season, but Bennett is responsible for signing players for a lot of money that only had a couple of years left in them, re-signing players like Uate on huge dollars, and releasing a lot of good talented kids that could be playing for us right now like Kev Naiqama and Will Smith. He had full control of the team roster ( which was one of his conditions of coaching the team), and he basically built up a 1st grade squad which was ready to retire and let go of most of the depth players that would have taken over once they did retire.

  4. yea i never understood why he signed Buderus Craig Gower just to name a few they didn’t do anything for him

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