Most rugby league players relish the opportunity to return to their home-town and veteran forward Todd Lowrie has a chance to do just that, rejoining the Newcastle Knights on a 1-year deal.
With the Knights in desperate need of experienced forwards to help guide their younger generation, Lowrie is the man to provide that, having played in excess of 200 NRL games.
The back-rower started his career with the Knights in 2003, before stints with the Parramatta Eels, the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors.
The Knights aim is to have him guide and develop the younger players coming through the NSW Cup ranks.
“Todd is a quality person and he will bring some much needed experience to our football club,â€ Director of Football Michael Hagan said.
â€œHe is an experienced first grade player and he will be a great asset to the coaching staff and young players at our Club.â€
Returning home is a big thing for Lowrie, who calls the Hunter region home.
â€œI’m really excited to get the opportunity to play for the Knights again after spending a long time away,â€ Lowrie said.
â€œI’m proud to have grown up in the Hunter region and have always called it home.”
He too knows that with his veteran status, nurturing the younger players coming through is now a big role in his rugby league journey.
â€œTo be able to come home and represent the region in the best way possible by playing for the Knights, in front of my kids, is something I have wanted to do for a long time,” said Lowrie.
â€œI see a successful period coming for the Club and I will be doing my best to play well and also help develop the young guys coming through.â€