Newcastle Knights sign Jacob Lillyman for 2018 NRL season

Lillyman made 189 appearances for the Warriors after joining the club in 2009.
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Lillyman made 189 appearances for the Warriors after joining the club in 2009.

Newcastle have taken another step in their NRL rebuild, signing veteran prop Jacob Lillyman on a one-year deal.

His recruitment comes just two days after the club had announced premiership-winning Melbourne forward Slade Griffin has also been lured to the Hunter until the end of the 2019 season.

With 250 NRL games and 14 State of Origin matches for Queensland, the long-serving Warriors' prop brings a wealth of experience to the Knights' young roster.

Lillyman will link up with his new club in November for pre-season training.
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Lillyman will link up with his new club in November for pre-season training.

Lillyman, 33, made 189 appearances for the Warriors after joining the club in 2009 from the North Queensland Cowboys.

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"Newcastle is a good young team on the up and I'm really looking forward to getting over there and getting stuck in," said Lillyman.

"I think the Knights have got some great young players, especially in the forwards, and I am keen to help them in their development.

Already on the recruitment list are Brisbane duo Herman Ese'ese and Tautau Moga, and Sydney Roosters pair Aidan Guerra and Connor Watson.

The biggest fish is North Queensland teenage sensation Kalyn Ponga.

"Newcastle is a good young team on the up and I'm really looking forward to getting over there and getting stuck in," the 33-year-old Lillyman said on Thursday.

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"I think the Knights have got some great young players, especially in the forwards, and I am keen to help them in their development.

"Newcastle is a very proud rugby league region and town and I can't wait to experience that, first hand."

- Stuff and AAP

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