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Jack Johns returns on development deal

The nib Newcastle Knights are pleased to announce the signing of Jack Johns on a one year development contract.

Johns, the son of Knights legend Matthew and nephew of Immortal Andrew, returns to the Knights after spending two seasons with South Sydney.

Despite not having a reserve grade competition in 2020, Johns forced his way into Wayne Bennett's team and made his NRL debut in Round 11 against Canberra.

The 23-year-old played 24 games for the Knights in the 2017 Holden Cup, finishing the year playing in the World Cup for Italy.

With a much bigger build than his father, Johns has grown into a dynamic and strong back-rower with sky-high potential, while still being at home in the No.6 jersey his father made so famous in the 1990s.

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Knights General Manager Of Football, Danny Buderus, said he was looking forward to having Johns back at the Knights.

“Jack has developed both physically and as a footballer, while being a much different shape to Matty and Andrew," he said. 

"His transition into a ball-playing middle forward with good footwork will provide a skill set which adds to the depth of our squad.” 

The development deal will tie Johns to the Knights until at least the end of the 2021 season.