For some young players who are unable to crack first-grade for their current side, a seachange is needed – and for young Brisbane forward Mitchell Frei, he made a decision to progress in his career, by signing for the 2013 season with the Newcastle Knights.
Frei, who also has an option to extend his stay for 2014, is a QLD U20's representative, and is excited at the prospect of joining the Knights.
â€œI am looking forward to more opportunities at the Knights and I canâ€™t wait to work under Wayne Bennett,â€ Frei said.
â€œI had a little bit to do with Wayne during my junior years at the Broncos and I am really looking forward to being coached by him full-time.â€
Knights coach Wayne Bennett is also pleased with the recruitment of Frei, citing the club's intention to have a good young core of props coming through the club's ranks, with Frei now a part of that core.
â€œMitchell adds depth to the young front rowers we are assembling at the Knights, which we identified as an area we needed to strengthen going forward,â€ Bennett said.
â€œWe hope this young group, including Mitchell, grow and develop into long term players at the Knights.â€