On the back of a solid rookie season, the Newcastle Knights have re-signed young forward Sam Stone until the end of 2020.
Signed for the 2018 season, the new contract extension is for two years and the man himself could not be happier.
“I love the Knights and I am very happy to sign this extension,” Stone said.
“We are building for a big future and I am happy to be a part of it.”
The Knights are like a second home for Stone, who has been at the club since he was 10.
“I have been here since I was ten years old, my dad was part of it and I have followed the team since I was very young,” continued the young forward.
“I love the town and lifestyle, the fans are great, and I would love to stay here for as long as I can.”
Stone, a Valentine Devils and Lake United junior, played in 16 NRL games in 2017 and was pleased with how he went overall as were the club.
“It was a great season for Sam and we are pleased to be able to reward him with a contract extension,” General Manager Football Darren Mooney said.
“Sam is an impressive young footballer on and off the field and we look forward to his continued development here at the Knights.”
Not one to be satisfied with his game, Stone has set himself numerous goals for the 2018 season.
“First of all, putting on some weight; that is a big thing for me,” Stone said.
“I need to put on a couple of kilos and try and maintain my fitness while I do that; it will be a lot of hard work in the gym.
“Wrestle and tackle technique is another area for me, so that is my focus to improve on those areas.”