It will be a blow to Knights fans, but it was bound to happen, with back-rower Zeb Taia signing a 3-year deal to join ESL side, the Catalan Dragons.
Playing in 88 games for the club to date, since joining them in 2007, the Knights understand why Taia made the decision that he did – that is, to leave the club.
â€œWe understand why Zeb has made this decision to secure his future,â€ CEO Matt Gidley said.
â€œHe is a wonderful person and we know he leaves us with a heavy heart.
â€œIn the meantime, Zeb has unfinished business at the Knights and there is a big season left in him here before he and his wife move overseas.â€
For Taia himself, although he says it was difficult to leave the club, he said that it was the right decision for him to make, at this stage of his career.
â€œThe offer from Catalans was too good to refuse and I made this decision for my future,â€ Taia said.
â€œI feel fortunate for the opportunity to play with the Dragons and reuniting with former coach Trent Robinson made my decision easier.
â€œWhilst my wife and I are looking forward to experiencing life in another country, a beautiful one at that, I am forever indebted to the Knights.
“Not just for the time I have been here but the support they showed me, particularly last season during a potentially career ending injury.
â€œI want to thank the coaches, my teammates, past and present, and all the staff at the Club.
â€œWayne has been great through this process and I have enjoyed my time under him this year. I know I will continue to learn from him before the season ends.
â€œAlso Stoney, a massive thanks to him, he really supported me through my injury last year and has had a huge influence on me during my time at the Knights.
â€œFor now, I have another goal to achieve and that is to play 100 games for the Knights, and to play finals footy with the boys.â€