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The Coal & Allied Newcastle Knights today confirmed the signing of St George Illawarra fullback Darius Boyd for the 2012 NRL season.
The new agreement with the Knights will once again link the two time premiership winner and Clive Churchill Medallist to play under Coach Wayne Bennett for the next four years.
Hunter Sports Group CEO Troy Palmer is confident the signing of Boyd will give the entire club as well as members and fans a great lift.
"The signing of a current international and premiership winning player clearly highlights the enthusiasm of NRL players wanting to join the club and be part of our exciting future.
"It is very important that we don't get in front of ourselves and continue to concentrate on our current job of a top 8 semi-final position this year.
"The job that Rick Stone and the playing group have been doing each week has given fans the feeling that even better things are to come this year and that they are continuing to lay down a great platform for the future." He concluded.
The signing of Boyd, together with the return of fellow internationals Kade Snowden and Timana Tahu, the recent resigning of Captain Kurt Gidley and Kiwi International Junior Sau, the exciting young talent coming through the Newcastle Knights Junior ranks and the on-going resigning of many of the current squad, ensures a bright future for the Newcastle Knights club.