Newcastle coach Rick Stone will take up an assistant’s position under Wayne Bennett, after signing a new contract.
Currently head coach of the Knights, Stone will form a part of Bennett’s coaching set up for the next four years.
Stone, a former player with South Sydney, was previously assistant to coaches Michael Hagan and Smith during their time with the club.
Stone said he was delighted to sign on the dotted line.
“The focus for the entire team is on this year as there is still a long way to go, but its great to have my future secure. I am very excited about what the Hunter Sports Group has planned overall for the Hunter and its wonderful to be a part of it,” Stone said today.
Hunter Sports Group CEO Troy Palmer believes the signing of Stone was important to ensure continuity in the Knights programmes across the board.
“Rick has a great affinity and understanding of this Football Club, our development programmes and the region,” Palmer said.
“Together with Wayne Bennett, they form a team which is perfect to launch a stable platform as we head into a new era.”
“I have no doubt with the signing of Rick for four more years, our players will lift to ensure we finish on a high this year for our fans, the Club and Rick Stone.”