For most players, the Super League is a venture that is made towards the back end of their career but not for Newcastle Knights forward Lachlan Fitzgibbon.
At just 29, Fitzgibbon has made a decision to join the Warrington Wolves in the Super League as a means to not only testing himself but playing while still in his peak.
A local Souths Newcastle junior, Fitzgibbon’s addition to the Wolves gives them a back-rower that runs a nice line, works hard, and gives his all.
Fitzgibbon was praised by the club as they wish him all the best on his move at the end of the season.
“Lachlan has been a champion of the club,” Knights Director of Football Peter Parr said.
“We cannot thank him enough for what he has done at the Knights and we wish him all the best in the next part of his journey”
Fitzgibbon feels as if the UK game and style will suit his own and he looks forward to donning the Wolves jersey for three seasons.
“It’s been in my vision for the last couple of years to make the move over to Super League,” Fitzgibbon said.
“They play a really good brand of rugby league in the UK which I feel will suit my game. At 29 I want to come over while I still have my best years in front of me.
“The history of the club and how important the club is to the town and the people of Warrington really resonated with me. I’m from a town over here in Newcastle and it’s full of passionate people who love their footy.”
One player who Fitzgibbon did speak to was Kurt Gidley, a Knights legend, who played for Warrington at the back end of his career.
“Michael Monaghan is one of our Assistant Coaches at the Knights and spoke very highly about the club,” Fitzgibbon continued.
“I know Kurt Gidley too who’s a Newcastle legend. Kurt spoke so positively about the club and town.
“Hearing how much he enjoyed his time over there really made me feel comfortable about the decision and the move to England.”