Greymouth's Slade Griffin to change NRL clubs with Newcastle Knights move
West Coaster Slade Griffin has reportedly agreed to move from the Melbourne Storm to the Newcastle Knights for the next two NRL seasons.
Griffin, 26, met with Knights head coach Nathan Brown last month and, according to Australian media reports on Monday, has committed to a two-year deal.
He will be the second Kiwi hooker on Newcastle's books with Wellington's Danny Levi, 21, established in the first grade team and a contender for the Kiwis' Rugby League World Cup squad.
Griffin, who can also play in the backrow, has been the understudy to Storm, Queensland and Australia captain Cameron Smith since 2013.
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Knee injuries also played a part in restricting his first grade appearances to 23, but Griffin has established himself on Melbourne's interchange bench this year, playing 12 first grade games.
Griffin was in the Storm's matchday squad for last Saturday's NRL playoffs win over the Penrith Panthers.
His contract in Melbourne expires at the start of the season.
The Cobden Kohinoor Keas junior told his Melbourne teammates of his decision to join the Knights last week, Fox Sports news website reported on Monday.
Brown told the Newcastle Herald before meeting with Griffin last month that he "knew Slade from when I was at Melbourne [as a coaching consultant in 2015]. He comes from an outstanding environment."