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King to swap Knights for Storm

Melbourne Storm has added Newcastle Knights forward Josh King to its NRL squad for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

The 25-year-old has had six seasons with Newcastle, playing 76 NRL matches including 14 this year as the Knights push for a top-eight berth.

Storm General Manager – Football Frank Ponissi said King had received a strong recommendation from his former Knights teammate Tim Glasby who is now on Storm’s recruitment staff.

Josh displays a number of traits which we love at Storm, and look for in players we recruit, both with his on-field performance and his character and personality off the field.

Frank Ponissi

“Tim had a close-up look at Josh as a teammate and liked what he saw.

“He’s a hard worker, committed to improving his game and as a middle forward, we expect that his best years are still to come.

“We’re very happy he’s committed to spending the next two years with us and pushing for a place in our top 17.”

As well as being an accomplished NRL forward, King is the Knights’ nominee for the Ken Stephen Medal this year for his work with the inspirational kids at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

His addition is the fourth to Storm’s NRL squad this week.

Front-rower Jordan Grant will be part of the club’s top 30 squad for the first time in 2022 after signing a new contract with the reigning NRL premiers.

Fijian international winger Isaac Lumelume has also agreed to terms with Storm for next season, while Bronson Garlick has signed a development contract for 2022.