The Newcastle Knights have re-signed star hooker Danny Levi on a three-year contract, confident the club is going in the right direction.
Levi was signed until 2018 but has now agreed to stay with the struggling club until at least the 2020 season.
“Our strategy is to retain our best young talent and build a team around them,” coach Nathan Brown said in a statement.
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“In his third year of football, Danny shows continual improvement and a real desire to represent our footy Club.”
The 21-year-old New Zealander, who made his debut in Round 15 in 2015, has notched up 30 NRL games for the Knights.
Levi said it is great to be able to continue his career with the red and blue.
“I have been here since the start of my career so it’s good to get another three years on top of that,” Levi explained.
“Since I moved to Newcastle I thought it was such a beautiful place.
“It is nice and chilled out, there are awesome people around so definitely somewhere I feel I see myself in the future.”
Despite a horror 2016 season, which saw the club finish at the bottom of the ladder with only one win and a lacklustre start to 2017, Levi believes the Club is moving in the right direction.
“I like what’s going to happen here and I feel like we’re building something,” Levi explained.
“I definitely want to be a part of that and hopefully be one of the players to help that along.
“I have still got a lot to work on and a lot to improve on but at the moment I feel like my game is getting better.”
The Knights have only had one win so far in 2017, and sit second from the bottom of the NRL ladder, with only the Wests Tigers behind them.
— Newcastle Knights (@NRLKnights) April 5, 2017