Two key members of the nib Newcastle Knights team, Hymel Hunt and Brodie Jones, have recently put pen to paper on new deals with the Club.
The pair were the latest guests on the KNIGHTS // HQ Podcast and opened up on their reasons for staying put in Newcastle.
The 27-year old Hunt signed a two-year-deal while 23-year-old Jones also agreed to terms on a two-year contract keeping him in red and blue until the end of the 2023 season.
Hymel, who recently played his 100th game in the NRL, spoke about his journey to Newcastle including formally living with a current Origin star.
“It’s been unreal,” Hunt said on the KNIGHTS // HQ Podcast.
“I loved my time in Melbourne, living with (Cameron) Munster, that was interesting.
“I was always a bit worried about that kid but he’s still kicking goals in life on the field and off.
“This is my home here in Newcastle, I’m glad I’ve signed here for the next two years.”
'There was definitely interest from other Clubs'
‘H’ spoke about his desire to stay in Newcastle and the options on the table for his future.
“There was interest, there was a possibility to go back to Souths,” Hunt said.
“It’s a decision my fiancé and I were talking about.
“She’s a primary school teacher in New Lambton and she’s pretty settled here, we’re also getting married at the end of this year in December.
“That was massive factor for staying here in us being settled and wanting to start a family, and obviously where the club has gone as well.”
As for growing cult-hero, Brodie Jones has embraced his opportunities this season.
The young man from Cessnock came through the Knights junior pathway systems before making his debut last season.
The versatile forward explained the reasons for wanting to stay and his dream to play out his career in the red and blue.
“There was a fair few (reasons), mainly this being my junior club,” Jones said.
“I want to try my best to be a one-club man and repay the faith Adam (O’Brien) has shown in me over the last 12 months.
“I just recently bought a house at East Maitland which isn’t too bad, so that was another big thing."
The pair also discussed interests and hobbies away from the field.
For Jones, the forward has a passion for cars.
Inspired by his favourite move franchise, The Fast and the Furious, Brodie talked about his dream four-wheeler.
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“I do like my cars,” Jones said.
“I’ve probably wasted a lot of money over the years on cars.
“I’m really into my Japanese sport cars.
“I’d probably buy an 02’ Skyline, I’d love to have one of them.
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