Promising centre Gehamat Shibasaki has joined the nib Newcastle Knights from Brisbane with immediate effect.
The 21-year-old has signed a three-year-deal with the Club after gaining a release from the Broncos.
A former Queensland under 20s and Junior Kangaroos representative, Shibasaki arrives with a wealth of potential.
“He has NRL experience and is a strong defender. We need to be a resilient, strong defensive club. He’s a big and powerful centre,” coach Adam O’Brien said.
“He adds the needed depth to our outside backs with Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Jesse Ramien leaving. He’s competitive and looks to have a tough mindset.”
The centre made 12 appearances for the Broncos last season, taking his total first grade games to 13.
A Townsville Brothers junior, Shibasaki joins the club until at least the end of 2021 with an option for 2022.
“He’s a competitive player and at a time in his career where he’s about to make a real jump,” Recruitment Manager, Alex McKinnon said.
“He’s a player I’ve watched for four years now. I remember seeing him in the 20s competition.
“He was recently involved with the Junior Kangaroos, so he’s in the window as a junior representative player. He’s a very good defensive centre, who carries the ball really well from his own half and helps us long-term in the outside backs.
"He’s had a great development at the Broncos and comes to the Knights at the right time in his career.
“He has a lot of attributes we can improve as a club through coaching and I don’t think representative football is out of his reach.”