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Knights closing in on new NRL signings

  • Knights closing in on new NRL signings

    NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown during a Newcastle Knights NRL pre-season training session at Hunter Stadium on February 10, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Coach Nathan Brown is hopeful of having two fresh faces at Newcastle very soon to help lift the NRL strugglers off the bottom of the ladder.

Reports have emerged that the Knights are poised to sign Sydney Roosters centre Brendan Elliott and Canberra back-rower Mitch Barnett this week to bolster their injury-hit squad.

Brown on Tuesday said the mid-season signings were imminent, but neither had been released by their respective clubs.

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"I'd be lying if I didn't say things were getting close there, but they're at this stage still with their current clubs," he said.

"It hasn't happened but it is definitely something that's getting closer."

Elliott, who has played 14 NRL games for the Roosters, could slide in as a replacement for Nathan Ross who is in doubt for Saturday's match against the Warriors with a calf injury.

Barnett, meanwhile, hasn't played first grade for the Raiders since last season.

But Brown had faith in both.

"They're very salary-cap friendly which is good," he laughed.

"They're both young players that we feel will definitely improve our squad, which is the key for us.

"Both can play first-grade now, we think, and are ready to play first-grade now. They've got plenty of good things for our team and our club."

The Knights, who have lost seven in a row, are set to welcome back Korbin Sims from a one-match suspension for this weekend's clash at Hunter Stadium.

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