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The Newcastle Knights has appointed Michael Hagan as Director of Football, a newly created role at the Club.

Hagan returns to the Club after eight years away. Most recently, the former Knights captain and premiership-winning coach was PROticket’s National Project Manager as well as the Queensland Maroons assistant coach.

“We are obviously pleased Michael has agreed to return to the Club,” CEO Matt Gidley said.

“Michael is highly respected and the perfect fit to assist us in taking the Club forward as we enter a new era.”

As Director of Football, Hagan will be responsible and accountable for the entire football department while providing support for head coach Rick Stone and mentoring the Club's emerging coaches.

Primarily the role will focus on building an elite environment of coaching and infrastructure enabling all players and coaches to maximise their potential at the Club.

It will also manage the player list and recruitment, develop a culture of professionalism and excellence while implementing leadership programs.

“After some time away, the timing feels right and I am really excited about the challenge of working back at the Knights,” Hagan said.

“I look forward to working alongside and supporting Matt and Rick, as we all work together to ensure the future success of the Club.”

Hagan’s role with the Knights commences in early October and allows him to remain assistant coach with the Maroons.