Forward Adam Cuthbertson has ended his time at the Newcastle Knights on a positive note with a convincing 40-10 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday.
And it was clear the 29-year-old ran out at Hunter Stadium, resolute on making his final match with the Club one to remember.
He gained the most yardage in the game with 218 metres, played a hand in a number of the Knights’ seven tries and managed four offloads.
“It was great way to end with a big score line like that, it always becomes that little bit more fun,” Cuthbertson told Knights TV after the game.
“I really enjoyed just playing with those boys out there today for my last game.
“We’ve had our ups and downs all season so to come out and finish it like that, it was great.”
Cuthbertson’s housemate, Joseph Leilua, who was celebrating his 100th NRL game, left the field in the first half due to concussion after a heavy tackle. He has since been cleared of a neck injury.
Cuthbertson was disappointed his close teammate didn’t get to play the entire match but was pleased he was able to leave his mark on the game scoring an impressive try in opening five minutes.
“He was playing unreal up until then, it’s just one of those things with football, anything can happen on the day,” Cuthbertson said.
“I was upset for him because I knew how much he wanted to play for me today for my last game, plus it’s his 100th.
“We’re quite close now so, he really wanted to get out there and play for us.
“But to put a positive spin on it, Timana (Tahu) got to come in and he made a really big impact on the field and scored a try and everyone got to see him dunk the posts.
“It was good to see that too.”
Cuthbertson is bound for the UK to play in the English Super League after signing a four-year deal with Leeds Rhinos.
“I’m off to Leeds for the next four years so I’m looking to take off from where I’ve left in the NRL and play a bit more of a dominant role,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to the next step and the next journey, it should be good fun.”