Kurt Gidley has announced he will be joining Warrington Wolves for next season.

The 32 year-old Newcastle Knights captain has signed a one-year deal at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium with the option of a second.

“I have felt sad about leaving, I have felt excited about a new challenge but I am mostly relieved that I have reached the stage of making this decision,” he said.

“It was a tough one. Newcastle people have been great; they are very supportive, both in good times and in bad.

“I have been thinking about this for over 12 months and I knew it had to come to an end at some stage.”

Kurt’s brother Matt, now CEO at the Knights, played in Super League for St Helens for four years and the former Australia international revealed he sought his sibling’s advice on deciding his future; “I spoke to Matt before the season kicked off and I let him know that it was looking like it was going to be my last year.”

Gidley has made 236 appearances for Newcastle and featured 12 times for New South Wales and the Kangaroos.