The Newcastle Knights is pleased to announce Chanel, Pat and Sione Mata’utia have re-signed with the Club for an additional three years.
On contract for this season, the new deal sees the trio remain at the Knights until at least the end of season 2018.
"As we have said all along, our priority is to retain our best young local talent,” Knights CEO Matt Gidley said.
“In addition to the boys’ rugby league talents, they are outstanding young men from a wonderful family, which is very important from our Club’s point of view.
“Many of our Members and supporters have been waiting for this news, so we hope they are as happy as we are with the trio’s commitment to the Club.
“By re-signing the three brothers, we show we have and will continue to work hard on retaining our best young juniors."
Staying together as a family unit in Newcastle was a key driver for the brothers.
“Mum didn’t want to leave Newcastle and being together as a family is important to us,” 18-year-old Sione explained.
Chanel, who made his NRL debut late in season 2014, has played seven NRL games. The 22-year-old is primarily a winger but can also play in the centres.
“The Knights is a family orientated Club who have looked after our family,” Chanel said.
“I have been at the Knights for a while now and I couldn’t imagine playing football anywhere else.”
21-year-old Pat, who is yet to make his NRL debut, primarily plays in the centres.
“I want to repay the Club for the faith they have shown in me and for all they have done for my family,” Pat said.
Sione became the youngest ever player to represent Australia when he took part in the Four Nations Tournament during the off-season. The utility back made his NRL debut in 2014 and has since played nine NRL games.
“The Club means a lot to me because of what everyone here has done for my mum and our family over many years,” Sione added.
“I get what the Club is trying to do now and for the future and I want to be a part of that. I hope I can be a one-club player.”
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