Newcastle Knights sign Adam Elliott and Jack Heatherington for the 2023 season

The shattered Newcastle Knights have strengthened their forward pack for 2023, adding Adam Elliott of Canberra and Jack Heatherington of Canterbury to their list.

The two have signed a three-year deal, joining Elliott club partner Millie Boyle, who switched from the Broncos in May.

Elliott’s career was on the ropes after he was fired by the Bulldogs in 2021, before handing him a lifeline in the country’s capital.

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Heatherington did not play in Round Three, when he was ruled out of the season due to a shoulder injury.

“Both players will be welcome to our club next season,” said Newcastle football manager Danny Buders.

The pair will join a tough forward pack that is proud of both Daniel and Jacob Saifiti, as well as David Kleimer, but lost to Mitch Barnett in the Warriors mid-season.

“They bring to our pack versatility, foot speed and strong physical presence, which are key features and skills for modern games.”

“They share a hard-working attitude and a desire to win, they both compete in every moment and it’s a great fit for the Newcastle Knights.”

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This has been a difficult season for the Knights so far so this positive news is to be welcomed.

The club sat on just four wins in 12 games and coach Adam O’Brien was forced to publicly deny at a press conference earlier this week that his future was in the air.

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