Broncos star Andrew McCullough has been released from his Brisbane contract, effective immediately.
The popular hooker is now headed for Newcastle, with the Knights snapping up the 30-year-old after 12 years at the Broncos.
The Brisbane club confirmed the surprising news in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
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“We wish Andrew and Carlie all the best in what will be a new and exciting opportunity for them,” Chief executive Paul White said.
“He has been a favourite son of the Broncos for a long period of time and has always been so well respected by his fellow players and staff.
“It is a sad day for the Broncos to see him depart Brisbane, but he will always be welcome back here at the club.”
McCullough has been a part of the Broncos’ system since he was just 13 years of age, playing in the National Youth Competition under-20s team, before making his NRL debut in Round 10 of 2008 against Cronulla.
The Newcastle Knights also released a statement a short time ago, revealing their excitement at securing the NRL star.
“The Newcastle Knights are pleased to announce Andrew McCullough has joined the Club for the remainder of the 2020 season,” the club said.
“Andrew McCullough gives us valuable experience at the highest level… He is a quality defensive player with a consistent passing game and kick threat.
“He’s a senior player with maturity which will only compliment Mitchell Pearce, Kurt Mann and Kalyn Ponga in the spine.”