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Bradman Best news delights NRL fans as new deal with Newcastle Knights confirmed

The State of Origin player has turned his back on NRL rivals to remain in Newcastle.

Bradman Best is officially staying at the Newcastle Knights. Image: Getty
Bradman Best is officially staying at the Newcastle Knights. Image: Getty

Bradman Best has officially re-signed with the Newcastle Knights after months of speculation about his NRL future. The 22-year-old centre, who made his State of Origin debut for NSW in 2023, is staying at the Knights on a new three-year deal - thought to be worth around $2.1 million.

One of the hottest commodities on the free agent market, Best had attracted interest from rival clubs like the Wests Tigers in recent months. But on Tuesday it was confirmed that he's staying put, delighting Newcastle fans.

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"We are delighted Bradman has re-committed to the Knights," football boss Peter Parr said in a club statement. "Bradman had a wonderful season in 2023 and at his age there is no doubt he will continue to grow and improve. We look forward to Bradman playing a significant role for the club in the coming years."

Last week the 22-year-old hinted that he'd made up his mind on where his future lied. "I love the boys here, I’ve been here ever since I can remember - I’ve lived in Newcastle for most of my life," he said. "I obviously don’t want it dragging into the season so the sooner (the future is settled) the better. It’s a special club, like I said I’ve only ever been here and the boys make it special as well... it’s home."

Best had the best year of his career last season, which culminated in him being rewarded with a State of Origin debut in Game III against Queensland. He scored 13 tries in 25 games with the Knights in 2023 and was instrumental in their unlikely charge to the NRL finals.

Bradman Best in action for NSW against Queensland.
Bradman Best in action for NSW in State of Origin in 2023. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) (Brendon Thorne via Getty Images)

Bradman Best rejects Wests Tigers to stay in Newcastle

The left centre also recorded 10 try assists, 11 line-breaks and averaged more than 110 running metres per game. In an earlier interview, Best said the culture at the Knights played a massive part in his decision.

"I want to stay here. The Tigers have shown some interest, they are keen, but I have to weigh everything up," he said. "If it all works out as we plan, I’ll be staying at the Knights. We’ll see what happens but I’m really settled here.

"I love the club and I love the culture we have built. The boys here are all so connected and we are a close bunch, so to walk away from that would be really hard."

The Tigers had reportedly offered Best a three-year deal worth $800,000 per season. His new deal with the Knights is said to be worth $700,000 per year and will see him remain at the club until the end of 2027.

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