Knights unite MacDougall brothers

Former St George Illawarra utility back, Luke MacDougall will join his older sibling at EnergyAustralia Stadium as soon as tomorrow, after agreeing to terms with the Newcastle Knights.

MacDougall was released from the Dragons today and will switch clubs mid-season in a deal that will see him wear the Knights strip until the end of the 2009 season.

“The club was initially interested in securing Luke’s services for the current season but missed that opportunity last year,” said Knights Operations Manager, Stephen Crowe.

“More recently the chance arose for Luke to join the club this year and agree to a further two seasons.

“He’s keen to play alongside his brother and we think they bring the best out in each other.

“Given his age and his proven ability on the field we’re hopeful the Knights can provide the environment for him to go to the next level.”

“His try scoring record at Souths was quite outstanding and the pace and strength that he has will certainly be a worthwhile addition to our playing roster, Knights Coach Brian Smith said.”

MacDougall’s arrival in Newcastle coincides with the departure of Knights forward, Clint Newton, who has been granted an immediate release from the club.

“Clint is one of those players who is a born and bred Novocastrian, he’s come through the juniors, played 100 first grade games for the club – something that only a small group of players have achieved and he should be very proud of that,” said Mr Crowe.

“We’re sorry that he’s leaving the club but he goes with our very best wishes.”

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