The Newcastle Knights has released forward Chris Houston from the final year of his contract, effective immediately.
Houston joined the Knights in 2008 and has played 160 games for the Club, including a number as stand-in captain.
“Chris has been a wonderful player over a long period of time and we thank him for his contribution to the Club,” CEO Matt Gidley said.
“We wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
Houston has signed a two-year contract with Widnes Vikings in the English Super League. The 30-year old departs the NRL after playing 176 games (16 matches for St George Illawarra Dragons in 2007).
A note from Chris:
I want to start by saying thanks to the Knights for giving me an opportunity to play the sport I love from 2008 to 2015.
I have met some great people in Newcastle, both through football and in the wider community. Everyone has been welcoming and supportive throughout my eight years and I have some lifelong friends.
To the sponsors, fans and Members of the Club, thank you for your support. Running out onto the field at Hunter Stadium and hearing that 'Newcastle' chant is something I will definitely miss.
Thanks to the coaching staff who have developed my game, body and most importantly developed me as a person over the years.
To the players, both past and current, I've loved pulling on the jumper and taking the field with you and I wish you well this season and in the future. I'm already looking forward to Old Boys Day.
Once a Knight always a Knight.