NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Jacob Saifiti of the Knights in action during the round 21 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the St George Illawarra Dragons at McDonald Jones Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
Newcastle Knights have announced Daniel and Jacob Saifiti have extended their contracts with the club for an additional two years.
The 21-year old twins, who both made their NRL debuts in Round 1 in 2016, were originally signed until the end of season 2018 but have agreed to a two-year extension, keeping them at the Club until the end of 2020.
Still just in the early stages of their NRL careers, 2017 was an outstanding year for the Saifiti brothers.
“We are delighted to be able to secure Daniel and Jacob at the Club for another two years,” General Manager Football Darren Mooney said.
“They have both had an impressive year and I’m certain they will continue to improve and develop their games.
“Their dedication and leadership as young players is an asset to the team and they’ll be an integral part of the Club’s future.”
Daniel, who plays in the front row, has made 43 NRL appearances and took out Newcastle’s 2017 Players’ Player award.
“The Club has shown faith in us and hopefully we can repay that,” Daniel said.
“We have been here for two years and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
Jacob has made 39 NRL appearances and will represent Fiji in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
“I’m excited to play with a lot of new signings next season who can bring that experience that we need,” Jacob said.
“We have a strong side on paper and hopefully we’ll have a good couple of years ahead of us.”
Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements
2018 Gains Herman Ese'ese ( Brisbane Broncos, 2020), JJ Felise ( Wests Tigers, 2018), 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) Re-Signed 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 (2018) Off Contract 2019 Jamie Buhrer, Slade Griffin, Hymel Hunt, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Zac Woolford