Mitch Barnett leaves Newcastle Knights to sign with NZ Warriors

The Warriors have secured the signing of running back Mitchell Barnett to a three-year deal, after earning an early release from the Knights.

The 27-year-old had a year left on his contract and was offered a short-term extension to stay at Newcastle, but opted for the security of a contract with the Warriors which will keep him at the club until the end. end of 2025.

“Barnett has one year left on his current contract and the Knights have offered an extension through 2024. However, both parties have agreed that the decision to accept the other offer was the right decision for Mitch, his wife Clare and his newborn son Nate,” a statement from the club read.

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“The Knights would like to wish ‘Barney’ and his family all the best for the future, with everyone agreeing to bid the remainder of 2022 a fitting farewell to a great clubman.”

Mitch Barnett takes a run against the Warriors, who he will join next year. (Getty)

That means reuniting with former coach Nathan Brown, who brought Barnett to the Hunter midway through the 2016 season, in a “trade” for Joseph Tapine, who has remained with the Raiders ever since.

“The Warriors gave me an opportunity to push my game forward,” Barnett said.

“I have personal goals of playing representative football and I also look forward to working with Brownie again.

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“The Warriors impressed me on and off the field which made my decision easier.”

He is the third high-profile signing the Warriors have made for next season, joining Dylan Walker, who signed a three-year contract in March, and Marata Niukore, who was signed until the end of 2026 during the off season.

“We couldn’t be happier to have a player of Mitch’s proven ability starting next year,” Warriors coach Craig Hodges said.

“He’s been on our target list for some time as we look to strengthen our pack. He brings a level of intensity and passion that’s going to be a real asset to us.”

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