Heighington moves to Newcastle

12 October 2017 20:03:23 GMTPlus10

Chris Heighington's lengthy NRL career will continue with new club Newcastle Knights next season.

The veteran forward has left Cronulla to link up with Nathan Brown's side on a one-year contract.

The 35-year-old played his 300th NRL game against Newcastle in Round 5 this year.

He said he was delighted to be moving to Newcastle, having grown up on the Central Coast and been a fan of the Knights.

"I remember watching the 1997 and 2001 grand finals, so it just made sense," he added.

"There are some great young kids coming through the system and hopefully I can help out just as much off the field to see them grow as players."

Newcastle football manager Darren Mooney said Heighington's professionalism and knowledge of the game would be a great asset to the club.

"He will be able to provide strong leadership to our young players and will be able to assist in their development both on and off the field," added Mooney.

Heighington won his second premiership with Cronulla during his five-year stay, having earned his first with Wests Tigers in 2005.

He played 201 games for the Tigers and scored 39 tries before moving to the Sharks ahead of the 2013 campaign.

The forward clocked up another 116 games with Cronulla, coming off the bench in their 14-12 Grand Final win over the Storm in 2016.

He's played twice for the Prime Minister's XIII and also represented NSW Country and the NRL All Stars.

Heighington has earned four caps for England, his debut coming in the 2011 Four Nations tournament against Wales in Leigh.

Newcastle are 5001.00 to win the 2018 Grand Final. The Knights are 351.00 to finish in the top eight.

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