Knights poach NRLW premiership-winner

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Newcastle have poached NSW Women's State of Origin lock Hannah Southwell from Sydney, with the Knights continuing to build a stacked squad for the 2022 season.

Southwell joins Dally M medallist Millie Boyle and Tamika Upton as huge additions for the Knights, who are looking to improve on last season's winless return.

The 23-year-old Newcastle local is a three-sport talent, having played rugby sevens for Australia as well as A-League Women's soccer for Newcastle, her stint culminating in a call-up to the Matildas.

Southwell said she was excited to represent her hometown club.

"I have fond memories of going to Knights games as a kid and watching the likes of the Johns brothers, Paul Harragon and Danny Buderus," she said.

"It will be great to take on a leadership role within the playing group and the opportunity to potentially play with my sister Jesse down the track is also a huge bonus.

"The pathways created for female participation in this area presents so many opportunities, I look forward to helping grow the game in the region."

In better news for the Roosters, they've announced NSW Origin trio Sarah Togatuki, Jessica Sergis and Isabelle Kelly have re-signed with the club for the 2022 season.

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