Brisbane five-eighth Tyson Gamble has signed a two-year deal with Newcastle and has been backed by his former Redcliffe coach Adam Mogg to be a success.
Gamble, 26, was embroiled in controversy last week for saying in a podcast that Brisbane half Adam Reynolds was the mastermind of the side's attack and "the go-to man for everybody", rather than coach Kevin Walters.
Gamble, who also praised Walters in the podcast, subsequently apologised to both the coach and Reynolds.
Knights director of football Peter Parr said Gamble - who has played 25 NRL games for the Broncos and Wests Tigers - was an ideal fit for the club.
Newcastle five-eighth Anthony Milford will move to the Dolphins and reunite with his former coach Wayne Bennett next season, which opens up an opportunity in the halves.
"Tyson is a tough, tenacious character," Parr said.
"His addition to our squad adds depth to our halves, which is a key objective for us.
"We like his durability and desire to be involved in every contest."
Gamble revived his career under Redcliffe coach Mogg in 2019 and the ex-Queensland winger said his former pupil would be a success at the Knights.
"I think Tyson can bed down a permanent spot at Newcastle," Mogg told AAP.
"It is a really good opportunity for him and the chance to get out of a little bit of the spotlight, but in saying that Newcastle is footy-mad as well.
"They have signed him to be their five-eighth or half and that will give him the confidence to take ownership of a team, which is not the strength of Milford who is more a running half.
"Tyson is good at leading a team around."
Mogg said the Gamble podcast controversy was a storm in a teacup.
"I don't think he meant anything by it at all. He was just saying he went to the captain for the finer points of the game," Mogg said.
"That is what players do. They coach each other. I played with guys like Stacey Jones, Darren Lockyer, Ruben Wiki and Clinton Schifcofske and bounced ideas off them all the time."