MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Slade Griffin of the Storm warms up for the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on September 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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

2018 Gains
JJ Collins (Wests Tigers, 2020), Herman Ese'ese (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), 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)
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 (2019), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020), Tom Starling (2018), Sam Stone (2020), Luke Yates (2019)
Off Contract 2019
Jamie Buhrer, Slade Griffin, Hymel Hunt, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Zac Woolford
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  1. Would be funny if he went from winning a premiership to getting the wooden spoon.

    If Griffing doesn’t get the spoon then Tohu Harris might

    • I like the way the Knights are building for 2018. IMO they won’t finish in the bottom 2 and may finish a LOT higher than that. The Warriors on the other hand… now that is a big ship with a lot of holes and they should find it hard to stay afloat in 2018. Souths have some leaks of there own that need fixing so I can’t talk. Time will tell.

  2. I reckon Slade Griffin will be a good signing not sure though if he will be starting hooker or bench hooker for Danny Levi but Knights are building pretty good squad

  3. Good signing again from the Knights. I really think we will see some improvement from them next year. not top 8 yet obviously, but things are definitely looking on the up.

  4. I have to agree with SSTID, their roster is much better than last season. Considering their roster, I thought they had a season this year that was better than you could reasonably expect. Nathan Brown has reason to be optimistic because this season they had a crack each game. If they play next season with same attitude they’ll win a lot of games. I can’t say they’ll make the semis (although there’s a bolter each year and it could well be them next year), but I can’t see them as wooden spooners again.

  5. Another great signing for the Knights. I’ve also heard Trent Hodkinson maybe traded for St Helens player Alex Walmsley.

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