Signing tracker: The type of athletes Brown is chasing

Nathan Brown is in the market for power forwards.

It's no secret the nib Newcastle Knights have cash to splash and coach is keeping a keen eye on the market.

With several roster spots still available for next season, it's the middle of the field which has his attention.

Having added classy backs Jesse Ramien and Edrick Lee to the roster to compliment the likes of Tautau Moga, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Sione Mata'utia, the backline depth has never looked healthier.

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Toss in the addition of Queensland Origin forward Tim Glasby and the 2019 roster is building nicely but Brown is hopeful of signing a few more middles to join Glasby in the pack next year.

"Probably the biggest thing now is, we've got Tim Glasby coming, who is a really good, experienced worker. He's probably in that prime part of his career at 29," Brown told 2SM.

"Coming from Melbourne, we've got Tim coming, who is that really tough consistent player.


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"In an ideal world, if we could come up with a few real powerful tackle breakers in the forwards, blokes like (Brisbane's Tevita) Pangai Junior and (Manly's Addin) Fonua-Blake. Blokes of that sort of ilk are the types of athletes we need to add.

"We've got some really good workers, blokes who can pass a bit, some good youth there and with Tim coming we've got some good experience.


"We'd like to try and find a couple of those real impact ones. We've got Herman there but we probably need a couple to go with him to be honest."

Below you'll find the ins and outs for this season, plus the list of new recruits for 2019.

Explore the list below:

New recruits (coming in 2019): Tim Glasby (Storm - 2021), Jesse Remien (Sharks - 2020), Edrick Lee (Sharks – 2021)

Re-signed: Josh King (2020), Nathan Brown (ongoing contract), Sione Mata'utia (2021)

2019 losses: Jack Cogger (Bulldogs), Nick Meaney (Bulldogs), Chris Heighington (retirement), Jacob Lillyman (retirement)

2018 squad: Aidan Guerra (2020), Brock Lamb (2018), Chris Heighington (2018), Connor Watson (2020), Cory Denniss (2018), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Danny Levi (2020), Herman Ese'ese (2020), Jack Cogger (2018), Jacob Lillyman (2018), Jacob Saifiti (2020), Jamie Buhrer (2018), Josh King (2018), Kalyn Ponga (2021), Ken Sio (2018), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2019), Luke Yates (2018), Mitch Barnett (2020), Mitchell Pearce (2021), Nathan Ross (2020), Pat Mata'utia (2018), Sam Stone (2020), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (2019), Sione Mata'utia (2018), Slade Griffin (2019), Tautau Moga (2020), Tyrone Amey (2018), JJ Felise (2018)
2018 Gains: Herman Ese'ese (Broncos - 2020), Slade Griffin (Storm - 2019), Aidan Guerra (Roosters - 2020), Chris Heighington (Sharks - 2018), Jacob Lillyman (Warriors - 2018), Tautau Moga (Broncos - 2020), Mitchell Pearce (Roosters - 2021), Kalyn Ponga (Cowboys - 2021), Connor Watson (Roosters - 2020), JJ Felise (Tigers mid-year for remainder of 2018)

2018 Losses: Brendan Elliot (Titans), Jaelen Feeney (Townsville Blackhawks), Dane Gagai (Rabbitohs), Jacob Gagan (Rabbitohs), Rory Kostjasyn (retired), Jesse Martin (Sea Eagles), Sam Mataora (retired), Chanel Matautia (retired), Peter Matautia (Leigh), Jarrod Mullen (retired), Mickey Paea (Hull FC), Josh Starling (Oberon), Jack Stockwell (Titans), Anthony Tupou (retired), Joe Wardle (Castleford), Tyler Randell (Wakefield Trinity), Pauli Pauli (Wakefield Trinity), David Bhana, Will Pearsall, (released), Trent Hodkinson (Sharks), Dylan Phythian (released)