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Knights agree to release Barnett

The nib Newcastle Knights have agreed to release Mitchell Barnett from the final year of his current contract, allowing him to take up a multi-year deal with another NRL club at the end of 2022.

Barnett’s management requested approval to negotiate with other parties.

The Newcastle Knights granted permission based on the exceptional service Barnett has given to the club and the respect he has earnt since joining the Knights in June 2016.

Barnett has a remaining year on his current contract and the Knights offered an extension into 2024. However, both parties have agreed that the decision to accept the other offer is the right decision for Mitch, his wife Clare and newborn son Nate.

The Knights would like to wish “Barney” and his family all the very best for the future, with everyone agreeing to make the remainder of 2022 a fitting farewell to a great clubman.