Samoa Test forward Gavet joins Knights

Samoan international James Gavet has agreed to join the nib Newcastle Knights from 2019.

The forward has signed a two-year-deal with the Club which sees him in the red and blue until at least the end of 2020.

Gavet was contracted to the Warriors for next season but the Club agreed to an early release, so Gavet could pursue a longer-term opportunity.

Knights Player List Manager Troy Pezet said the addition of Gavet further strengthens the side.


"James adds a lot to our squad," Pezet said.

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"He's a big body who plays with a lot of aggression and energy.

"Last season was a breakout year for James. We feel we're getting him at the right time. He's starting to play some his best football and still has room for growth."


A talented middle who has represented Samoa twice, Gavet made his first-grade debut in 2012 with Canterbury-Bankstown.

The following year he moved to the Wests Tigers where he spent two seasons.

Gavet spent one year with Brisbane in 2015 before moving to New Zealand.

The 29-year-old made 19 appearances for the Warriors in 2018.


Pezet said Gavet's arrival, coupled with the addition of Queensland prop Tim Glasby ensures competition for positions will be fierce.

"It's no secret the front row was an area we are looking to strengthen next season," Pezet continues.

"The addition of James will keep our younger players honest and ensures healthy competition for places in our 17."


Gavet said he's excited by what the future holds. 

"This is a Club going places," Gavet said.

"It's a fresh start for me and I'm really excited about what the future holds."