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Miller joins Knights on three-year deal

Former Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks-Newtown Jets flyer Lachlan Miller, who led The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup in 2022 for tackle-breaks, will be a Newcastle Knight for the next three seasons.

The Knights announced today Miller had his first training session with the red-and-blue squad today at the Centre of Excellence in Broadmeadow.

The Sharks also announced they had released Miller from the last year of his contract (2023).

The mooted shift of Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga to five-eighth means there is an opening for the No.1 jersey.

Miller, 28, who came to Rugby League from Rugby Sevens, played 16 games at fullback for the Jets in 2022, scoring two tries but adding nine try assists and 13 line-break assists. That was on top of his 115 tackle-busts.

In his first NRL season he crossed for three tries in seven matches at fullback, wing and as a bench utility.

He won the Sharks 2022 ‘Steve Rogers Rookie of the Year’ award  ahead of Kade Dykes, Jesse Colquhoun, Kayal Iro and Tom Hazelton who also made their NRL debuts last year.

nib Newcastle Knights Director of Football Peter Parr said Miller’s acquisition added further versatility to the Knights spine and backline options.

“This signing provides us with more options in our backline,” Parr told the Knights website.

“We have signed Lachlan predominantly to play fullback, we also believe he has the versality to play multiple positions.

“He is a gifted athlete, with great speed and a player who will add excellent value to our squad.”

Miller was a member of the Australian Rugby Sevens team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, postponed until July 2021 due to COVID.

His debut in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup (Round 1 v Canberra Raiders) also produced a try, 171 metres, a line-break and 11 tackle-busts.

His NRL debut game for the Sharks (Round 11 v Gold Coast Titans) had him scoring a 70-metre try, making 10 tackle-busts and running over 200 metres at fullback.

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