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Clydsdale commits for Knights NRLW charge

Reigning two-time Telstra Women’s Premiership winner Yasmin Clydsdale will return to the nib Newcastle Knights for season 2023 and beyond, after signing a new three-year deal.

A home-grown talent who has represented Australia on the biggest stage in multiple sports, Clydsdale was an integral part of Head Coach Ronald Griffiths’ side in 2022, scoring a try in the Grand Final on her way to winning World Cup selection for the Jillaroos.

Clydsdale on re-signing for the Club and hometown connection

Clysdale featured in all seven matches of the 2022 campaign, joining the Knights after two seasons and a Premiership with the Sydney Roosters in 2020-21.

The highly respected backrower has three State of Origin appearances for NSW to her name, in addition to representing Australia on the World Cup Rugby 7’s circuit in 2017-18.

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Despite this impressive list of career achievements, Clydsdale says the thrill of representing Newcastle is a key motivator for her.

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“I have been extremely privileged to play in some great sporting teams, but playing for my hometown hits differently and is very special to me,” Clydsdale said.

“I’m so excited and humbled to be offered a three-year deal at the Knights. Being able to be here to help build a positive culture and help all the young talent we have coming through is super important to me.

“Being born and raised in Newcastle creates a greater connection when I put on the red and blue jersey and having my husband, parents and family more involved in my sporting life means the world to me.”

Scone-based Clydsdale played five matches for Australia in the World Cup, starting in the second row in the thumping 54-4 victory Final against New Zealand at Old Trafford.

In 2023, the 29-year-old has been a mainstay of the Knights Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership team, alongside a number of last year’s NRLW winning side and some of the Club’s emerging talent.

With the Knights NRLW side coming together for this season, Clydsdale says there’s plenty to look forward to.

“The team being assembled is very exciting,” Clydsdale says.

“Retaining Tamika Upton for five years is something most clubs would be envious of, she is so knowledgeable and electric every time she touches the ball.

“And with the mix of local experience and new blood that will also be a part of the side, there will be so much talent on display.

“I think I speak for everyone when I say that I am honoured, proud, enthusiastic and excited for the challenges ahead.”

Clydsdale will join Tamika Upton and many other 2022 NLRW Premiership winning teammates, along with some next generation players, when they line up for the Newcastle Knights Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership at St John Oval, Charlestown on Saturday.

The Ronald Griffiths coached team will kick off their final round match against the Cronulla Sharks, at midday, with the outcome determining their progression to semis finals football next weekend.