This morning Newcastle Knights confirmed the signing of former Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors halfback Jackson Hastings.
Hastings replaces Mitchell Pearce who left the Knights in 2021 to join Catalans Dragons in Super League whilst the departure of Jake Clifford to Hull FC also heaped more pressure on the club to sign a halfback.
After a long pursuit of Luke Brooks, the club eventually moved onto his Wests Tigers teammate in a sensational swap deal which saw David Klemmer join the Tigers.
A bold decision from both parties but Newcastle Knights Director of Football Peter Parr has explained why Hastings is such a big signing for the club making some bold claims about his quality.
He made a bold claim about what he brings to the club suggesting that the former Man of Steel hasn’t even peaked yet.
“We are delighted to have Jackson secured,” Parr said.
“He compliments our playing roster and adds further depth to our halves, with the additional bonus of being a competent goal kicker.
“Jackson is at a stage of his career where he is coming into his prime and we believe his best years are ahead of him.”
Hastings move to Newcastle also further opens up the door for Wigan Warriors man John Bateman to join Wests with Australian reports describing Hastings’ role in the deal as the “fall guy.”