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Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, has today announced a further commitment to the Newcastle Knights and the Hunter community with a two-year sponsorship extension.

“I’m pleased to announce Aurizon has agreed to continue its partnership with the Newcastle Knights as part of our continued growth strategy in the Hunter Valley through a major sponsorship over the next two years,” said Aurizon Managing Director and CEO Lance Hockridge.

Aurizon will remain as one of the Knights’ major sponsors, with the retention of the rear of shorts property, a position they have held since 2012.

“It is fantastic news to have a well respected national brand like Aurizon continue their partnership with the Newcastle Knights,” CEO Matt Gidley said.

“Both of our organisations have strong links to the community and we look forward to working with Aurizon for another two years.”

Peter Scott, Senior Advisor Health and Safety for Aurizon Holdings in Newcastle, attended the formalities with Knights COO Wendy Carmichael on Thursday.

“Aurizon has made a long term commitment to the area by expanding our operations here through increased infrastructure, so we very pleased to align our brand with another organisation that share our community values,” Scott said.

The Newcastle Knights thank Aurizon for their continued support.