It will be a boost for not only the Knights development ranks, but also for current Knights centre Dane Gagai – with the Newcastle Knights confirming that the younger brother of Dane, Jacob Gagai, has signed a 3-year deal with the club.

Jacob, 17, will play his first year with the Knights SG Ball side, with the signing of the five-eighth one that coach Wayne Bennett is pleased about.

“Jacob has been in the Brisbane Broncos system but has decided he wants to come and play at the Knights,” coach Wayne Bennett said.

“This is a coup for us; he is a quality player with a bright future.

“We have signed him long term, because we want to bring him through our system and get him ready for

NRL at the Knights.

“He doesn’t just have good footballing ability, he is a talented athlete in general and we look forward to having him at the Club.”

One person who is looking forward to the arrival of Jacob at the Knights, is older brother Dane, who will share a house with both his brother and team-mate Alex McKinnon.

“I can’t wait to have my brother Jacob join me at the Knights,” Knights centre Dane Gagai said.

“It has been six years since I left the family house, so to live together again will be a bonus and it will make it a lot easier having family with me in Newcastle.

“Hopefully I can help him and his career but he isn’t just coming to the Knights for me; the main reason is about furthering his football career.

“He has seen what Wayne and the Knights have done for me and he wants to be in this system.”


By ricky