It sounds like Knights coach Nathan Brown is back in the game.
After he spent much of March and April wining and dining every big name player off contract (and having only the signature of Cowboys prodigy Kalyn Ponga to show for it), he’s reportedly been back at it of late, meeting with Roosters second-rower Aidan Guerra. Now, having met with just about every player off contract for next year, he’s apparently started with the ones who are under contract.
According to a WWOS report, the Knights met with Broncos forward Herman Ese’ese last weekend at Newcastle. Given that Ese’ese is under contract, and the fact that NRL anti-tampering rules prevent clubs negotiating with opposition players more than 12 months before their contract expires, it’s likely fair to assume that the Broncos have given Ese’ese permission to explore his options for next season (though they admittedly could have just been discussing the weather).
Ese’ese would be a good start towards addressing the biggest problem the Knights have – the worst forward pack in the NRL. They’d obviously require more than just him, but if they’re able to add both Guerra and Ese’ese, they’ll at least be heading in the right direction.
Ese’ese has played 22 first grade matches for the Broncos and Bulldogs, and 1 Test for Samoa.