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Promising forward Ma’anaima signs NRL deal

The nib Newcastle Knights are pleased to announce the contract extension of emerging forward Christian Ma’anaima.

A member of the 2020 Jersey Flegg squad, the 19-year-old has signed a three-year NRL deal.

Recruitment Manager, Alex McKinnon said; “From a young age Christian has been extremely focused.

“He’s a big body and very diligent with his game. He has a good understanding of what he needs to do to make it as a Knight.

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“He’s been part of our system since 15 with a dream to play NRL and this contract gives him the opportunity to pursue that dream.”

Born in New Zealand, Ma’anaima moved to Australia at the age of 15 to enter the Knights development system.

According to Academy coach Scott Dureau, the decision to promote Ma’anaima to the fulltime squad next season was an easy one to make.

“Christian joined us as part of our Harold Matthews team who won the competition in 2017,” he said.

“He’s a big front rower with a strong ball carry and offload.

“He’s a real competitor who works hard and has a bright future, that’s for sure.”