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Bradman Best extends Knights deal

The nib Newcastle Knights are pleased to announce the upgrade and extension of Bradman Best's contract until at least the end of the 2024 season.

The big news was confirmed at the Knights' official Season Launch on Tuesday night at Newcastle's NEX.

Signed as a 15-year-old back in 2016, Best has been earmarked as one of the most explosive and exciting rookies in the NRL after a number of eye-catching performances.

The 19-year-old burst onto the scene just weeks after his 18th birthday in 2019 and immediately became a staple of the Knights backline.

Best brings genuine x-factor to an already-exciting Knights backline, boasting lightning speed and a powerful frame which has seen the likes of Andrew Johns refer to him as 'Bradman Beast'.

Best capped a dominant 2020 season by being named in Brad Fittler's Emerging Blues squad for the second consecutive year, and will continue to go from strength to strength as he matures with consistent first-grade football in 2021.

Knights Head of Recruitment, Clint Zammit, said the retention of Best was the perfect news to excite fans just a week out from the 2021 season.

"We're extremely thrilled to extend Bradman's contract until the end of 2024," Zammit said.

"He's a wonderful person and local product who has worked his way through our system and will be a long-term player at our Club."

Best said he was excited now that his long-term future was secured.

“I'm really happy to secure my future and am proud to be Knight until 2024," he said.

“I love this club. So does my family, with both Newcastle and the Central Coast being a home for us.

“We are just over the moon and now I can't wait to get out on McDonald Jones Stadium in front of big crowds again".