Newcastle bring in veteran hooker Andrew McCullough from Brisbane

Newcastle have signed experienced hooker Andrew McCullough from Brisbane for the rest of the 2020 season.

The 30-year-old scored 32 tries in 260 appearances for the Broncos since making his first-grade debut in 2008. He has made three appearances for Queensland in the Origin arena.

Knights coach Adam O’Brien said: “We are in a position thanks to good governance from Alex McKinnon to have a top 30 spot available to secure someone of Andrew McCullough’s calibre.

“As one of the leaders of the club, it’s my responsibility to be looking at recruitment and retention to have us field a competitive team each week.

“We are on foreign ground with the draw stating we have to play 18 games straight and we need to forward plan.

“We have faith in the depth of our roster but also recognise that promising talent Chris Randall is on the start of his journey having joined the team as a train and trial player late last year.

“Connor Watson is another exceptional player who can fill the role at nine but given his versatility it’s important for the make-up of the team to keep him in his current explosive role.

“Taking a holistic approach to the team, the recruitment of Andrew McCullough gives us valuable experience at the highest level.”

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