Knights confirm Gagai signing; re-sign Rochow and Smith

Dane Gagai

Attitude can sometimes outweigh talent, and the Newcastle Knights are taking a gamble on just that – with the club confirming that they have signed Broncos discard Dane Gagai, on a deal for the remainder of the season, as well as seasons 2013 and 2014.

Knights coach Wayne Bennett, who has a history with the Gagai family, having coached Dane’s father at the Broncos – said that the young utility became a target for several clubs, right after the Broncos released him.

“Plenty of scouts have been trying to get Dane since he left the Broncos and it is fantastic he has chosen to come to the Knights,” Bennett said.

“There is no doubting his playing ability; he has been a regular in the schoolboy representative teams and is highly regarded by all judges of the game.

“Dane felt the Knights were the right fit for him and we hope our environment here will allow him to reach his full ability.”

Gagai, 21, can cover fullback, centre and wing, and is looking forward to continuing his NRL career in Newcastle – with the former Bronco to participate in his first training session with his new club tomorrow.

“I am really glad I have decided on my future and excited to be going to the Knights,” Gagai said.

“Wayne coached my father and I look forward to now playing under Wayne as well.”

In an additional boost for the Knights, first-year Knight Robbie Rochow and promising youngster William Smith, have both extended their contracts until 2014 and 2013 respectively.

“Both these players have a bright future at the Knights and we are pleased to be extending their contracts,” Bennett added.

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