Newcastle’s bid to beef up its forward pack for next season has been given a boost with Melbourne Storm prop Tim Glasby understood to have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal.
Just 24 hours after another Knights target, Jarrod Wallace re-signed with Gold Coast for a further four years on a deal worth around $2.7 million, the Newcastle Herald can reveal Glasby has verbally accepted an offer to link with the Knights and will quit the Storm at the end of the season.
The 29-year-old Queensland Origin forward is in his sixth season with the Storm and has played 94 NRL games for the club, including coming off the bench in last season’s grand final win over North Queensland.
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The Knights have been favoured to land his signature since last week when the Canberra Raiders dropped out of the race.
He knocked back an offer from the Storm to re-sign with the defending premiers several weeks ago.
While the news is all good on the Glasby front, it appears unlikely the Knights will also snare off-contract Dragons prop Leeson Ah Mau.
Knights sources suggest Ah Mau’s first preference was always to return home to Auckland and the club is virtually resigned to missing out on him with the Warriors coming up with a deal.
“The suggestion is he is going back to New Zealand,”the source said.
Meanwhile, Knights coach Nathan Brown has dropped backrower Luke Yates and re-instated Jacob Saifiti to his 17-man squad for Saturday’s clash with the Titans on the Gold Coast.
But there could be a further change later in the week with prop Jacob Lillyman a possible late inclusion for Chris Heighington, who may be rested this weekend.
Yates played only limited minutes in the loss to Penrith but pulled off a couple of decent hits in defence when he finally came on.
But it is understood Brown wants to carry a bigger body on the bench given hooker Slade Griffin has the versatility to play a role at 13 when Danny Levi is thrown into the game.
The Titans have Origin hopeful Jai Arrow returning from injury and have named backrower Kevin Proctor despite his groin injury.