Gidley re-signs with Knights

Newcastle have signed five-eighth Kurt Gidley for another three seasons, keeping the 24-year-old at the NRL club until the end of 2009.

A local junior, Gidley was a priority signing for incoming coach Brian Smith with several rival clubs interested in luring the NSW Country Origin player away from the Knights. With young halfback Jarrod Mullen also re-signed earlier this year the Knights have secured their halves future beyond champion Andrew Johns.