The pulling force to get Zac Woolford to the Hunter…. Opportunity.
The 22-year-old has a goal to take his football career to the next level.
As son of former Knights ISP coach, Simon Woolford, the Knights hooker knew plenty about the club.
He also heard positive things from former Knight and friend Jack Cogger.
That was enough to make his mind up.
“I didn’t really need for it to be sold to me very much, so once the opportunity came up, I was really keen to come here,” Woolford said.
The young hooker is adamant he’s in the best form he’s ever been.
He hopes his move to Newcastle will accelerate his NRL debut.
“Trying to crack that first grade,” he added.
With Slade Griffin set to be out injured for half of the season, Woolford’s chances are looking much more positive.
The Knights hooker has been picking the brain of Kiwi international Danny Levi, who looks to be a likely starter in the no. 9 jersey this season.
“Danny has a lot of experience and has played for his country, so I try and pick up a lot off him; I’m like a sponge every day,” Woolford added.
Now all the young dummy half has to do is convince coach Nathan Brown he’s worthy of a shot.
“I’m working really hard with Rory (Kostjasyn) and (Nathan) Browny in all areas of my game which I think are going to get me there and hopefully sometime this year that opportunity comes up.