Mitchell Barnett will join New Zealand Warriors on a three-year deal from the 2023 NRL campaign.
Newcastle Knights have agreed to release the forward from the last year of his contract to take up the deal.
Barnett has a remaining year on his current contract and the Knights had offered an extension into 2024. However, he will join the Warriors from 2023.
The 27-year-old becomes the club’s fourth signing ahead of the 2023 campaign. He will be joined by Marata Niukore, Dylan Walker and Luke Metcalf.
Barnett made his NRL debut with Canberra Raiders in 2015, making just two appearances.
He joined Newcastle Knights in 2016, and has made more than 100 appearances for the club.
Mitchell Barnett on new move
Barnett said: “The Warriors presented me with an opportunity to further my game.
“I have personal goals of playing representative football and I am also looking forward to working with Brownie (Nathan Brown) again.
“The Warriors impressed me on and off the field which made my decision easier.”
Warriors boss Nathan Brown brought Barnett back to Newcastle in June in 2016 where he immediately made his debut for the club in a loss to the Vodafone Warriors.
“We couldn’t be happier to have a player of Mitch’s proven ability on board from next year,” said Warriors general manager football Craig Hodges.
“He has been on our target list for some time as we look to boost our pack. He brings a level of intensity and passion which is going to be a real asset for us.”
Warriors CEO Cameron George said: “Once we were given permission to negotiate with Mitch five weeks ago, we couldn’t wait to get him across the line.
“It’s exciting for our future knowing we have not only Mitch but also Dylan Walker, Marata Niukore and Luke Metcalf coming on board from next year. They’re adding quality depth to further strengthen our squad.”