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Newcastle Knights Under 20s forward Luke Yates has re-signed with the Club for a further two years.

After playing 24 games in the Under 20s last season, the 19-year-old was rewarded with a pre-season with the NRL squad this season.

In 2015, the West Newcastle junior has captained the side on occasions and also stepped up to play in the NSW Cup.

"Luke is a tremendous worker and has a bright future at the Knights," Director of Football Michael Hagan said.

"He has been one of the Under 20s most consistent performers over the last 18 months.

"Luke is another local junior who is prepared to work hard as he aspires to play NRL."