The veteran forward has actually left Cronulla to connect with Nathan Brown’s side on a 1 year agreement.
The 35-year-old played his 300th NRL video game versus Newcastle in Round 5 this year.
He stated he was happy to be transferring to Newcastle, having actually matured on the Central Coast and been a fan of the Knights.
” I keep in mind enjoying the 1997 and 2001 grand finals, so it simply made good sense,” he included.
” There are some excellent young kids coming through the system and ideally I can assist simply as much off the field to see them grow as gamers.”
Newcastle football supervisor Darren Mooney stated Heighington’s professionalism and understanding of the video game would be a fantastic possession to the club.
“He will have the ability to offer strong management to our young gamers and will have the ability to help in their advancement both on and off the field,” included Mooney.
Heighington won his 2nd premiership with Cronulla throughout his five-year stay, having actually made his very first with Wests Tigers in 2005.
He played 201 video games for the Tigers and scored 39 attempts prior to transferring to the Sharks ahead of the 2013 project.
The forward clocked up another 116 video games with Cronulla, coming off the bench in their 14-12 Grand Final win over the Storm in 2016.
He’s played two times for the Prime Minister’s XIII as well as represented NSW Country and the NRL All Stars.
Heighington has actually made 4 caps for England, his launching can be found in the 2011 Four Nations competition versus Wales in Leigh.