The four senior players are integral to the Club’s plans of making NSW Cup the Knights’ second-tier team from next season.
After reviewing the elite players pathway, the Knights believe there is a significant gap between NYC and NRL. NSW Cup provides a more appropriate path between the competitions but securing experienced players to mentor the younger players was essential.
“The gulf between NYC and NRL has never been bigger,” CEO Matt Gidley explains.
“Therefore we need our NYC players aspiring to play NSW Cup in order to continue their development as players.
“A key part of that development is surrounding our best young talent with mentors to help them become and importantly remain NRL players.
“Matt, Timana, Anthony and Clint have agreed this is a key part of their role next year, while also keeping pressure on the top squad to perform at their best each week.”
Hilder, who has played 197 NRL games, is happy to be extending his stay at the Club.
“It’s great I am staying on to help out with the younger boys as well as adding some depth at the Club,” Hilder said.
“With Timana and Quinny as well, we have been around the game and know how things should be done and what training wins footy games, which we can help the younger players with.”
“I still have footy left in me and can help out in the NRL like this weekend,” Hilder added.
“We are light on hookers at the moment so is great to have depth at the Club because you can never have too many players.
“I haven’t played many NRL games this year but I am ready for the challenge and hopefully I can do a good job for the boys.
“I also get to play with Danny (Buderus) one last time before he retires, I am looking forward to it and hopefully we can get the win to secure a spot in the finals.”