Canberra has signed boom Newcastle backrower Joseph Tapine for the next three seasons on a deal worth close to $1.5 million.
Tapine informed his Knights teammates of his impending move at training on Thursday morning with the club unable to get near Canberra’s monster offer for the 21 year old.
It is understood the Knights’ offer was closer to $1 million.
“We are obviously extremely disappointed because while he is not a local junior, we brought him here and helped develop him,” Knights CEO Matt Gidley said.
“But it’s hard to get your head around the Canberra offer and all I said to Joe was to wish him all the best. It’s difficult to blame him for accepting that sort of an offer.”