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The North Sydney Bears take on the Newcastle Knights in the opening week of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW Finals Series. Image: Kevin Manning.

After two seasons at the North Sydney Bears, Brad Deitz has taken up an opportunity at the Wentworthville Magpies for 2018.

Revealing the transfer himself on Instagram, the hooker expressed gratitude for his time at the Bears, including a chance to captain the foundation club. While Deitz was not always the captain at North Sydney, he was consistently one of their best performers and a leader in the side's run to the finals in 2017.

"It’s been both an honour and a privilege to pull on the Bears jersey the past few seasons and to be captain of this great club was something special!" Deitz said. "It’s now time for me to chase my goals somewhere different.

"Thanks to the club and the guys for all the opportunities it has presented me."

The 22-year-old will join a Wentworthville Magpies side desperate to play finals football again next season, but boasting a strong crop of lower-tier talent; the Magpies won the 2017 Ron Massey Cup and were preliminary finals in the Sydney Shield.

For the Bears, it continues significant change ahead of the new season. While South Sydney welcome Anthony Seibold as head coach in 2018, North Sydney have farewelled coach Ben Gardiner and aligned with the Asquith Magpies for the feeder competitions.

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