Perhaps a move surprising many, veteran hooker Andrew McCullough will depart the Brisbane Broncos and join the Newcastle Knights.
McCullough, who will join the Knights for the 2020 season, was a long term mainstay in the Broncos side under several coaches.
The emergence of Jake Turpin, however, cast doubt over his position and tenure at the club.
Since debuting in 2008, McCullough has played in 260 NRL games and provides the Knights with added hooker strength.
“Andrew is a quality defensive player with a consistent passing game and kick threat,” Knights coach Adam O’Brien said.
“He’s a senior player with maturity which will only compliment Mitchell Pearce, Kurt Mann and Kalyn Ponga in the spine.
“I am looking forward to having him join our roster ahead of the 2020 season resumption.”
Brisbane Broncos CEO Paul White praised McCullough’s efforts at Brisbane and wished him the best moving forward.
“We wish Andrew and Carlie all the best in what will be a new and exciting opportunity for them,” White said.
“He has been a favourite son of the Broncos for a long period of time and has always been so well respected by his fellow players and staff.
“It is a sad day for the Broncos to see him depart Brisbane, but he will always be welcome back here at the club.