It will be a boost for not only the Knights development ranks, but also for current Knights centre Dane Gagai – with the Newcastle Knights confirming that the younger brother of Dane, Jacob Gagai, has signed a 3-year deal with the club.
Jacob, 17, will play his first year with the Knights SG Ball side, with the signing of the five-eighth one that coach Wayne Bennett is pleased about.
â€œJacob has been in the Brisbane Broncos system but has decided he wants to come and play at the Knights,â€ coach Wayne Bennett said.
â€œThis is a coup for us; he is a quality player with a bright future.
â€œWe have signed him long term, because we want to bring him through our system and get him ready for
NRL at the Knights.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t just have good footballing ability, he is a talented athlete in general and we look forward to having him at the Club.â€
One person who is looking forward to the arrival of Jacob at the Knights, is older brother Dane, who will share a house with both his brother and team-mate Alex McKinnon.
â€œI canâ€™t wait to have my brother Jacob join me at the Knights,â€ Knights centre Dane Gagai said.
â€œIt has been six years since I left the family house, so to live together again will be a bonus and it will make it a lot easier having family with me in Newcastle.
â€œHopefully I can help him and his career but he isnâ€™t just coming to the Knights for me; the main reason is about furthering his football career.
â€œHe has seen what Wayne and the Knights have done for me and he wants to be in this system.â€