It was back in 2003 when he made his debut for the North Queensland Cowboys that Jacob Lillyman played against the Newcastle Knights in his very first game.
Little did he know that at the back end of his career, he would be joining the very team he first played against.
The Knights confirmed the signing of the veteran forward who played in 62 NRL games for the Cowboys and a further 189 games for the New Zealand Warriors.
Also with 14 games for QLD to his name, Lillyman brings a wealth of experience to a young Knights forward pack and the veteran wants to provide some of his guidance and wisdom to the younger generation.
“Newcastle is a good young team on the up and I’m really looking forward to getting over there and getting stuck in,” said Lillyman.
“I think the Knights have got some great young players, especially in the forwards, and I am keen to help them in their development.
“Newcastle is a very proud rugby league region and town and I can’t wait to experience that first hand.”
That experience is exactly what prompted the Knights to sign him as they know he will help to bring the best out of their young players.
“Jacob has plenty of experience and he will not only be a great contributor but will provide wonderful leadership for our young squad,” said the Knights General Manager of Football Darren Mooney.
Lillyman will commence pre-season training with the Club in November.