Newcastle Knights have signed Lachlan Miller, with Calin Ponga helping the position change
Newcastle Knights have signed former Cronulla Sharks midfielder Lachlan Miller for the 2023 season.
Miller’s new contract will see the 28-year-old in red and blue for the next three seasons, having been released from the final year of his contract with Cronulla.
Newcastle’s director of football, Peter Parr, confirmed that Miller will be in the back row.
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The move should add more versatility to the Knights’ back and back line, while also freeing up captain Kalyn Ponga to move to the five-eighth.
“This signing gives us more options in the back row,” said Parr.
“We signed Lachlan primarily to play at the back and we also believe he has the ability to play in a number of positions.
“He is a talented athlete, has great speed and will add great value to our team.”
Newcastle manager Adam O’Brien has previously announced a change in position for Ponga, citing a string of concussions for forcing his recent hasty transfer.
“When Kalin was ruled out until the end of the season with his HIA issues, the decision was made,” he told SEN.
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Miller played rugby league until the age of 22, before being aligned by Rugby Australia for its World Rugby Sevens Series program.
He played 50 games on the international stage and even represented Australia in rugby sevens at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
At the end of 2021, Miller signed with the Sharks after an impressive performance with the Newtown Jets in the NSW Cup.
In his first season in the NRL, he kicked three goals in seven games at fullback, wing and off the bench, earning him Cronulla’s Steve Rogers Rookie of the Year award.
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