One of the best young talents to come out of the Newcastle system in recent years is set to leave the club at the end of the year, with Will Smith, a utility, signing a 2-year deal with the Penrith Panthers from 2014.
With an option to stay on at the Knights for the 2014 season, it was not enough to keep Smith at the club, deciding the Panthers was the destination for him.
Despite all that, he is grateful for the opportunities the Knights gave him and says that the decision to leave was not an easy one.
“I am really grateful for everything the Knights have given me over the years,â€ Smith said.
â€œI have really enjoyed my time Electronic Cigarettes here and deciding to leave not only the Knights but also my hometown hasnâ€™t been easy.
â€œI believe that joining the Panthers is the best option for me at this point in my career.â€
Promoted to the full-time squad this year after a three-year stint in the NYC, there was just too many players in front of Smith for him to earn a first-grade spot.
“Will has recognised that as an outside back at our Club he currently sits behind the young and talented Aku Uate, Dane Gagai, Joey Leulia and James McManus,â€ CEO Matt Gidley said.
â€œWe understand that Will is looking for an opportunity to play NRL and we wish him the best of luck for his future.â€