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The Newcastle Knights is pleased to announce the signing of Rory Kostjasyn, who joins the Club on a two-year contract.

Kostjasyn grew up on the Central Coast but joined the Melbourne Storm in 2010, where he made his NRL debut and played 32 games.

Kostjasyn moved to the North Queensland Cowboys in 2013, playing 93 matches and winning a premiership in 2015.

The 29-year-old plays at hooker, lock and also in the halves.

“I’m looking forward to getting to the Club and seeing all of the young guys tear in and improve on what they’ve built this year,” Kostjasyn said.

“It’s an exciting time and there’s going to be some hard work.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve lived close to family and friends, so I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Coach Nathan Brown has singled out Kostjasyn’s experience and leadership as great gains for the Club.

“We are pleased we can bring Rory back to the region after a number of years away,” he said.

“He is a natural football player who knows how to prepare and knows how to win.

“Rory joins the Club after playing in two successful systems at the Storm and Cowboys.

“He will provide strong leadership and be able to educate our young side.”

Kostjasyn officially joins the Club when pre-season commences on November 1.