Chris Heighington set to break record for Newcastle Knights

Drew Darbyshire

England forward Chris Heighington will become the oldest player to make his debut for Newcastle Knights this weekend.

The 36-year-old is expected to make his debut for his new club on Friday, with the Knights facing Manly Sea Eagles in the opening round of the NRL season.

Heighington scored 39 tries in 202 games for Wests Tigers between 2003 and 2012 before moving to Cronulla Sharks, where he made 117 appearances.

He represented England at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and even though he has a lot of first-grade experience under his belt, he admitted that he still gets nervous on gameday.

Heighington told “I always get nervous before games even though I’ve been around for a while.

“I’m a bit nervous with a new club and with the expectation win a few games.

“A lot of my family is coming down to watch so I am really looking forward to it.”