Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Speculation that David Klemmer is unhappy at the Newcastle Knights is well known at this point but he may not be the only forward set to leave the club before the 2023 NRL season commences.
Channel Nine’s The Mole is reporting that the Knights are looking to move on second-rower Tyson Frizell.
“Wide World of Sports has also learnt that the club is shopping around powerhouse former Blues Origin and Kangaroos forward Tyson Frizell to rival clubs,” said The Mole.
Frizell first joined the Knights in 2021 after a 165-game career at the St George Illawarra Dragons and brought with him a wealth of representative experience.
He was one of Newcastle’s best during his first season with the club making back-to-back finals series for the first time since 2003.
In 2022 Frizell’s form dipped after a strong start to the season with the 31-year-old averaging 108 run metres for the season and making 654 tackles for an efficiency rate of 92.8% with most of his statistics including the ones listed down on last year.
— The Mole (@9_Moley) November 1, 2022
While Frizell has dropped off to an extent it is still a surprise that the Knights are willing to part ways with him considering their bottom-four finish last season and the fact that Klemmer, who is their only other forward with a relatively long representative resume, is also believed to be parting ways with the club.
Brodie Jones would likely replace Frizell in Newcastle’s second row if he were to leave the Knights but that would reduce their depth in a forward pack that isn’t brimming with a wealth of established talent to begin with.
At this point, Newcastle have been the most active club of the offseason albeit not much has come from their efforts thus far.
They have released Jake Clifford to Hull FC but failed to land a deal for Manly Warringah Sea Eagles winger Reuben Garrick.
Luke Brooks is still believed to be joining the Knights from the Wests Tigers but nothing has eventuated from that situation as of yet which can also be said about the club’s pursuit to part ways with Klemmer and Frizell.