Knights sign young duo for remainder of the year and for 2017

Mitch Barnett

Hurt by injuries in recent weeks, the Newcastle Knights have strengthened their first-grade depth, signing Sydney Roosters utility back Brendan Elliott and Canberra Raiders forward Mitch Barnett.

Nathan Brown is pleased to have the young duo on board.

“Mitch and Brendan are both young players who immediately improve our squad,” coach Brown said.

Barnett, who played for the Knights lower grade sides went on to play in 2 NRL games for the Canberra Raiders.

“Mitch is an edge player, which is important. He is willing, he’s aggressive and a very good line runner,” Brown said.

“He has been unlucky to not play more games but he’s been behind some very good players at Canberra.

“He was wanted by a number of clubs so it is pleasing he is returning to the Knights.”

The Raiders released a short statement regarding his release.

“The Canberra Raiders have released forward Mitch Barnett from the remainder of his contract to take up a new deal with the Newcastle Knights.

Barnett made his NRL debut for the Raiders in 2015 and played two NRL Matches. The Raiders would like to wish Mitch all the best for the future.”

Brown looks forward to Elliott joining to strengthen the Knights back-line stocks.

“Brendan is a very good technical player and has been at a Club playing with good players and within a good system,” Brown said.

“He is defensively solid and he is only going to improve getting regular game time.”

Playing in 14 NRL games for the Roosters throughout his career, the Roosters wished the 22-year old Elliott luck moving forward.

“Brendan has made a significant contribution to our team over the last two years and I’ve enjoyed coaching him,” said Robinson.

“Brendan will always have many friends at the Roosters, and I know I speak on behalf of everyone at the Club in wishing him all the very best,” he added.

Brendan Elliott

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