The Newcastle Knights have announced utility Slade Griffin will join the Club in 2018, after signing a two-year contract.
Griffin joins the Knights from the Melbourne Storm, where he made his NRL debut in 2013.
The 26-year-old can play hooker and lock.
“The Knights is a great Club and I am looking forward to playing a big part in the team,” said Griffin.
“I have done my apprenticeship at the Storm under Cameron (Smith) and Cooper (Cronk) and I am ready to play a bigger role with more minutes.
“I am also looking forward to the lifestyle in Newcastle; I’m from a small mining town in New Zealand, so it will be great to come up there and help continue to rebuild the Club.”
General Manager Football Darren Mooney said he’ll be a great addition to the Knights squad.
“Slade will provide versatility and leadership,” Mooney said.
“He will have a great opportunity to really cement a position and further his development as a player.”
Griffin will start with the Club in late November, following a grand final appearance with the Storm.
Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements
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)
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)
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