The Newcastle Knights have bolstered their ranks by signing Blues Origin star Tyson Frizell on a reported $2.1 million deal.
The 28-year-old had been mulling offers from both the Knights and the Dragons, but is understood to have settled on signing a three-year deal with the Knights, according to a Daily Telegraph report.
Frizell’s reported deal with the Knights comes despite the NRL suspending contract negotiations with the league currently postponed, and it is unclear whether the Knights and Frizell had agreed to the contract prior to the league shutdown.
The NRL’s salary cap auditor Richard Gardham told player agents and clubs on Thursday that there would be a hiatus in new player contacts.
“Until otherwise notified, contracts and contract variations for both the current and future seasons should not be executed and will not be registered by the NRL,” he wrote.
Speaking last month on his playing future, Frizell had stressed the importance of winning a premiership as being a defining factor of his choice.
“People know that I’m looking to win a premiership hopefully and play finals footy. That’s what we do it for,” he said.
The reported deal means that Frizell is set to join Origin teammates Mitchell Pearce and David Klemmer at the Knights.