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The Newcastle Knights are pleased to announce Ashley Gordon has been appointed as the Club’s Indigenous Liaison Officer.

This newly created role is part of the NRL’s Indigenous Funding Agreement and a significant part of both the NRL and Knights strategic direction.

“We have a large number of Indigenous players at the Club and it is important we ensure these players maintain their links with their culture and community,” Chairman Paul Harragon said on Thursday.

“With Ashley taking on this important role, we can ensure that happens as well providing a network of support and mentoring.”

Gordon, who played 71 games for the Knights, is a perfect candidate for the role.

“Ashley loves the game and has a significant cultural presence in the Indigenous community as well as in the wider community,” Harragon added.

“He is a qualified teacher, he coaches junior rugby league and most importantly he wants to help Indigenous players reach their potential.”

Alongside Harragon and Gordon at Thursday’s announcement, were NRL’s welfare and education officer Dean Widders and players Reggie Saunders, Jacob Gagai and Heath Gibbs.