Glasby signs Newcastle deal

17 May 2018 03:09:30 EST

Newcastle Knights have signed prop Tim Glasby from Melbourne Storm on a three-year contract.

Glasby, who was on the interchange bench as the Storm won last year's NRL Grand Final, will move to the Knights at the end of the season.

The 29-year-old has played 94 NRL games for Melbourne since breaking through at the end of the 2013 season.

He signed a two-year contract with the Cowboys in 2014 that was supposed to begin the following season, but was later released from that deal on compassionate grounds and inked a new two-year deal with the Storm.

Glasby made his first two State or Origin appearances for Queensland last year, and was the starting prop for the Storm in their 38-4 World Club Challenge win over Leeds Rhinos in February.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown said of Glasby: "He is with the leadership group in Melbourne now and will also provide valuable leadership here at the Knights. His form is consistent in the small parts of the game and he's very efficient in both his defensive and attacking areas.

"Probably the best compliment we can give him is that teammate Cameron Smith pushes him to not only be in the Melbourne team, but also pushes him to be in the Queensland team and you probably can't get any bigger endorsement than that from the Australian captain and one of our games greatest ever players."

Meanwhile, Brown has defended Kalyn Ponga's workload in the opening 10 rounds of the campaign.

There have been reports suggesting the Knights have been too reliant on the star fullback, but Brown said Ponga had had a very good year to date.

"After ten starting games he's apparently in line for Queensland. So, we are very comfortable with how he is going," he added.

The Knights are 23/20 to win their next game against Gold Coast, who are 3/4.

Newcastle are 93/100 conceding a 1.5-point start.

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