This is our final look at Key Signings for all the National Rugby League clubs with the additions at the Newcastle Knights. They welcome back Rick Stone to the head coach role following the departure of Brisbane bound Wayne Bennett. Darius Boyd has almost moved to the Broncos. Here’s a look at the key buys for 2015.
1. Tariq Sims
Tariq Sims signed a two-year contract with the Knights back in early July 2014. A player with plenty of potential will get his chance to lead the Newcastle pack after the loss of Willie Mason who was unwanted by the club. Injuries and suspension continue to plague the twenty-four year old who has made seventy-one National Rugby League appearances in the last four seasons. Moving to the Knights and taking up a more responsible role could work for Sims as he presses for representative honours.
2. Jack Stockwell
Jack Stockwell was forced out of the St George-Illawarra Dragons following salary cap constraints. He signed a three year contract with the Knights in October and will add some punch up front despite appearing only thirty-seven times at the top level. He’s certain to pair Kade Snowden in the front row and take it to the opposition’s pack with his enthusiasm and athleticism. This could be a good move to enhance his career in a bigger forward pack.
3. Carlos Tuimavave
Carlos Tuimavave has the potential to break it into the top grade and be a permanent fixture at the Knights. Unable to cement a permanent position at the Warriors, Tuimavave moves to Newcastle on a two year deal. He won a Under 20’s premiership with the New Zealand club and was named the best five-eighth in that competition two years running. Tuimavave can play fullback, centre or five-eighth and with the exit of Darius Boyd, he may end up playing number one. This could be a breakthrough season for the Samoan international.