Jackson Hastings was one of a handful of former Man of Steel winners to make a move during the off-season although the former Great Britain representative has remained in the NRL.
Following his incredible Super League spell Hastings switched back to the NRL and was a member of Wests Tigers but a difficult time there caused him to make the switch to Newcastle where he’ll start 2023.
Hastings was part of a swap deal that featured David Klemmer going the other way but he’ll join up with Newcastle and be an integral part of their spine heading into 2023.
Speaking on the Knights HQ podcast the former Salford and Wigan man revealed what it meant playing in a Grand Final.
“We didn’t win and that’s heart-breaking but when you walk out and know who’s played on that field, you never forget that. Apart from my debut being able to experience that is the best feeling ever.
“I played for Salford obviously and Old Trafford is based near Salford so it was pretty much a home game. So we went from getting 2,500 for a home game to 16,000 in the away end. It was crazy.”
Making the switch to Newcastle sees Hastings join a side that’s struggled in the bottom half of the division but he believes the fan base is big enough and deserving of a playoff push.
“We play for a one-club town, and I’m looking forward to going over the road and playing in front of 25,000 (at McDonald Jones Stadium).
“Some of the kids here are special and getting better every week and I’m excited to help those kids wherever I can and play alongside them.”