Newcastle winger Ken Sio could be on his way back to the English Super League next season with his manager Sam Ayoub slamming the Knights over their “pathetic, shitty” offer to keep him at the club for another season.
And it appears young centre Cory Denniss is also on the outer with the Knights.
The club made him an offer a few months ago but it was rejected by his management and it has since been taken off the table.
Ayoub confirmed he has two English clubs “hot to trot” for Sio and admitted he had run out of patience with the Knights after meeting with the club a fortnight ago.
“To be honest, it has got to the stage where I’ve got interest elsewhere and I’m just going to move on that because this keeps getting dragged out,” he said.
“I haven’t heard back from them and we need to make a decision so I will just get it done elsewhere.”
Sio, who was the club’s leading try scorer and points scorer last season, has made no secret of his desire to remain at the Knights.
He told the Newcastle Herald earlier this year that even if he couldn’t come to terms beyond this year and was forced to continue his career elsewhere, he would eventually like to settle his family in Newcastle.
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But Ayoub didn’t mince words when asked about the Knights’ offer of a new contract.
“It was pathetic,” he said.
“We had a offer from them about two months ago and I’m telling you that it was pathetic.
“They basically offered him half of what he was on last season.
“When I met with them again a few weeks ago, I said to them all they needed to do was find an extra $20,000 to $30,000 and we could get it over the line because Kenny is keen to stay.
“But I’ve heard nothing. No-one can make a decision up there.”
Ayoub admitted he has interest from two English clubs and said there is a chance Sio could return to the Super League.
He had two seasons with Hull Kingston Rovers before joining the Knights, scoring 30 tries in 48 matches and is still highly thought of in the Super League.
“It is a possibility yeah. I’ve got two clubs hot to trot on him over there,”Ayoub said.
“If he can get a good three year deal, he will go back. He is not going to stay for a one year shitty deal that the Knights have offered him.”
Ayoub said Sio still has plenty to offer.
“They are not going to replace him with anyone better for the money they could get him for so I’m struggling to understand what is going on up there.” he said.