Mark Wade
Knights close to deal

From Merewether Carlton to Manly Sea Eagles.

That is the possible path for blockbusting Greens No.8 and Anderson Medal winner Mark Wade.

The newly crowned NRL premiers are one of three clubs – the Newcastle Knights and the Canberra Raiders are the others – who have expressed an interest in the 21-year-old.

Premiership-winnin g coach Des Hasler has been in contact, and Wade could be invited to train with the Sea Eagles for 10 weeks in the pre-season. The Raiders’ David Furner has made a similar approach, and Wade has met with Knights assistant coach Rick Stone.

A former bank teller from Dubbo, Wade has been pleasantly surprised at the level of interest sparked by his highlights package posted on YouTube.

“I played league when I was a bit younger but never thought about it too much until I got a few approaches in the last month,” Wade said.

“There is nothing concrete as of yet, but even an opportunity to train with a club would be fantastic.”

Wade is in the second year of a double degree in surveying and engineering at the University of Newcastle.

He has supported the Knights since he was a child and his preference would be to stay in Newcastle.

Wade, who stands 193 centimetres and weighs 105 kilograms, played in the second row and at No.8 for the Greens and was one of the fastest in the club.

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‘‘From the talks with the clubs they are looking at me in the back row or possibly a centre,’’ Wade said.

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