Bulldogs prop Jack Hetherington and Brisbane centre Herbie Farnworth have emerged alongside Raiders forward Adam Elliott as the latest Knights recruitment targets.
Coach Adam O'Brien and recruitment boss Clint Zammit met with Hetherington's manager Allan Gainey yesterday morning in Newcastle to discuss the controversial prop's future.
Hetherington seems certain to leave the Dogs at the end of the season with the Knights, Wests Tigers and Dragons touted as likely potential destinations.
A Valentine junior, Hetherington's wife is from Newcastle which could put the Knights in the box seat to snare him.
While he has a poor suspension history, there is no doubt he would add some much-needed steel and firepower to Newcastle's forward pack.
According to reports out of Brisbane, the Knights are one of four clubs bidding for Farnworth's signature while Elliott will decide in the coming days whether he is moving to the Knights to link up with his girlfriend Millie Boyle or remaining at the Canberra Raiders.
The Raiders have upped the ante to retain Elliott with the financial component believed to be more than what the Knights are offering.
Young Poms coming
An official confirmation may be some time away but take it as read young English stars Kai Pearce-Paul and Will Pryce will be joining countrymen Dom Young and Bailey Hodgson at the Knights.
Whether it's next year or 2024 will hinge on their English clubs agreeing to release them from the final year of their contracts.
The Knights have beaten as many as five NRL clubs including the Dolphins to snare backrower Pearce-Paul, who has been likened to a young Sonny Bill Williams in England.
Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett publicly conceded this week his bid to sign Pearce-Paul had failed, confirming the 21-year-old is headed to the Knights.
Pay claims trashed
Newcastle Knights have rubbished media reports the club forked out $200,000 to poach NRLW stars Tamika Upton and Millie Boyle from the Brisbane Broncos.
It was claimed the Knights had "blown the Broncos out of the water" with six-figure offers for both girls which Brisbane weren't prepared to match. We understand the actual figure is closer to half that - around $50,000 each. Not surprisingly, the original report emanated out of Brisbane.
We're told money was not the primary reason for the recruitment coup. Upton was blown away by not only the facilities at the Centre of Excellence when she was brought down to Newcastle for a look around but the opportunity she would be given to improve her game.
Recruitment boss Clint Zammit arranged for her to spend time with NRL coach Adam O'Brien and Danny Buderus and she was shown video coaching clips by Blake Green. She went back to Brisbane and decided within days to make the move.
There was one proviso - she asked if she could bring her best friend and regular housemate with her - Millie Boyle.