In the past we have seen some NRL clubs have a certain affinity with signing English players.
The best example would be South Sydney Rabbitohs but that was less about signing English players but more about signing players with the last name Burgess.
They brought all four of the Burgess boys to the club in the shape of Sam, Tom, George and of course Leeds Rhinos Grand Final winner Luke.
They even signed former Wigan Warriors winger Joe Burgess at one point who is no relation to the Burgess brothers.
Now though it seems it is the Newcastle Knights who are keen on English talent. The Knights already had former Huddersfield Giants youngster Dom Young in their side who since joining the club has developed into one of the best wingers on the planet.
They of course also have former Castleford Tigers man Bailey Hodgson in the squad too.
Going into the 2023 season they have also brought in Great Britain international and former Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors halfback Jackson Hastings who was keen on representing England in the Rugby League World Cup.
He will now be joined at Newcastle, following his exit from Wests Tigers, by former Wigan Warriors teammate Kai Pearce-Paul as well Huddersfield Giants star Will Pryce after their moves to the club in 2024 were confirmed today as they sign two year deals with the Knights.
Hastings was quick to welcome them to the club taking to Twitter to do so:
— Jackson Hastings (@JackoHastings) December 5, 2022
Pearce-Paul was quick to respond with “thanks bro” to his former teammate.
However, his focus is at present with the Warriors as he said in Twitter:
“There is a big season ahead and my focus will be here until it is time to move on. Thank you for all of your support and for making me feel so welcome at this amazing club.”