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The Newcastle Knights have re-signed powerful forward Steve Simpson for another four years.
After being courted by up to six NRL clubs for his signature, the Singleton junior looks set to remain a one-club man and will wear the blue and red until at least the end of the 2010 season.
?Steve Simpson epitomises everything the club is about and is arguably one of the toughest players to ever pull on a Knights jersey,? said Knights Operations Manager, Stephen Crowe.
?His leadership and the strength he brings to our team is a huge asset and we?re extremely happy he?s decided his future is in Newcastle.?
Simpson made his First Grade debut in 1999 against Parramatta, he?s since played for Australia on six occasions. His representative career to date also includes nine State of Origin appearances and three caps for New South Wales Country.
?Simpson is one of the best local success stories this club has ever produced and his signature is a major boost for the Knights future,? said Knights CEO, Ken Conway.
?His retention was a major priority and I think we?re all breathing a collective sigh of relief over the deal being finalised.?