What followed were some wonderful words of thanks and praise for the skipper and ultimate teammate, via various social media platforms.
Here is just a small selection of some of those messages on Twitter:
@KurtFearnley: There's no better rep of the @NRLKnights or Newcastle than @kurt_gidley. Congrats on the future with the wolves & my best for the Knights for 2015!!
@monobrauer: Just read that @kurt_gidley is hanging up the @NRL boots for the @NRLKnights. Great man and club #legend. Good luck in the @SuperLeague mate.
@hughesearth: Thanks for the memories Gids @NRLKnights @kurt_gidley
@ElliottLovejoy: Wish @kurt_gidley all the best for the future. Nobody ever wore the @NRLKnights jersey with more pride and @wolvesrl are lucky to have you!
@Robert_Crosby95: @kurt_gidley Thanks for everything you've given and more you'll continue to provide for @NRLKnights. Best of luck at Warrington.
@misscassiejean: Moving article on @NRLKnights about Kurt Gidley's departure. What an inspiration.
@NSWMC: Good luck Kurt. We’re sad to see you leave.
@Amy_Marciniak: Not enough words, but thank you #ThanksGids
@Thomsen_26: @kurt_gidley #ThanksGids champion/captain/competitor one of the greatest Knights ever.
@knightslover16: Good luck Kurt on your new adventure, sad to see you go, such a great player and always so nice to me over the years. @kurt_gidley
@NickMilligan: Wishing @kurt_gidley all the best for the next stage of his career in UK. A brilliant player and ambassador for the club, city.
@rangdiddy: Congrats to our leader @kurt_gidley on signing with @wolvesrl for 2016 you'll always be a Knight #ThanksGids
@jRdnoce: One of the best players to ever wear a @NRLKnights jersey, you'll always be the man @kurt_gidley #ThanksGids
@xLolzre: Thank you for everything you have done for the @NRLKnights.
@Pete_Haynes: So proud of @kurt_gidley for what he has & is still to achieve, He embodies all the @NRLKnights stand for & is a true #legend.
@joshjkellett: All the best to @kurt_gidley. We will miss you, captain. #ThanksGids
@cadenhelmers: @kurt_gidley is one of the best in the game. A great servant to club, state and country. #ThanksGids
@jmr8828: It will be a changing of an era when Gidley goes. It hard to replace such loyalty and passion. Thank you. @kurt_gidley @NRLKnights
@GoranBomb: @kurt_gidley A passionate and loyal champion! Good luck in England Kurt, you’ll be missed definitely at the Knights.
@MattHallRacing: Congrats on a great #nrl career @kurt_gidley. Hopefully a good end to the season with @NRLKnights before you leave!
@dexters2015: @kurt_gidley a true champion on and off the game! Gonna be sad to see you go Kurt!! Best of luck!
@rossdog4: @kurt_gidley congrats skip!! Proud of you, always putting others before yourself. True leader.
@JamesDuck21: One of the best to ever throw on the red and blue @NRLKnights thanks for the memories mate! @kurt_gidley #ThanksGids
@NothingButNK: A wonderful servant to the @NRLKnights - you cannot be thanked enough @kurt_gidley #ThanksGids