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The Newcastle Knights today announced they have agreed to terms with Melbourne 25 year old Storm forward, Kirk Reynoldson for the next four seasons.
Reynoldson, originally from the Queensland Town of Wandoan, west of Toowoomba, joined the Storm in 2002 and has been in outstanding form in his third NRL season.
Speaking today he said he was relishing the idea of playing in a traditional rugby environment.
?Coming from west Queensland, I?ve grown up with rugby league and that is something I have missed here in Melbourne.?
?Playing at EnergyAustralia Stadium, even as the enemy, has always been an experience I?ve enjoyed, so to run out as part of the home team is something I am definitely looking forward to.?
?I?ve really enjoyed myself at Melbourne and I?m very grateful for the opportunity that the Storm have given me, but the opportunity in Newcastle is a different one and too good to pass up.?
?Playing alongside the likes of Andrew Johns, Danny Buderus and Matthew Gidley is a real plus and working under the Queensland Origin coach is another attraction for me.?
?Like all Queenslanders it?s a dream to play Origin and I am hoping that if I can perform in a high profile team like the Knights, I might be a little closer to achieving that dream.?
Also speaking today, Knights coach, Michael Hagan said he was pleased that the club had got their man.
?I think that Kirk is one of the most improved players in the competition over the last two seasons and I?m hoping that we will see further improvement after he joins our club.?
?Certainly the loss of Ben Kennedy and Matt Parsons next year had left a hole in our forwards stocks, but I am very confident that Kirk will compliment our team extremely well.?
?My expectations for the team are very high next year and I know that we will have the squad to meet those expectations.?
On the back of the acquisition of Kirk Reynoldson for a four year term, the Newcastle Knights today confirmed an agreement has been reached with 23 year old forward Matt Kennedy.
A local Newcastle junior, Kennedy is one of only two players (along with Kurt Gidley) to have appeared in all 17 NRL games in 2004.
His agreement with the club is for two years which will see him in Knights colours until at least the end of the 2006 season.