Official: Jaelen Feeney released by the Knights

Discussion in 'Knights Signings, Rumours & Player Movement' started by rhugh89, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Farewell Jaelen Feeney

    Thu 21st September, 02:41PM

    Today the Club farewells Jaelen Feeney, who came to the nib Newcastle Knights in 2014 as an NYC player.

    After playing a big part in the Under 20s side's 2014 minor premiership, Feeney won a NSW Cup premiership in 2015.

    In 2016 he made his NRL debut at fullback against the Gold Coast Titans and went on to play five matches.

    The 22-year-old started his 2017 season in the halfback role for Reserve Grade before getting the NRL call up in Round 8.

    He recorded another eight NRL matches for the season, and co-created the Club's striking Indigenous jersey alongside Dane Gagai for Round 10.
  2. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    The right coach could still get some good footy out of him.
    Can't see him doing any good at the titans thought, although I didn't think Roberts would either, and he has gone OK.
  3. EASBay17

    EASBay17 Lenny Beckett

    Jan 27, 2011
    I thought he was linked to tigers. Whered you hear he was going to titans?
  4. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    He's a Gold Coast boy. If he goes home, that's where he goes.
  5. Wobbles

    Wobbles Rodney Howe

    Jun 27, 2017
    Townsville Blackhawks sign former Knights playmaker Jaelen Feeney

    MICHAEL THOMPSON, Sports reporter, Townsville Bulletin
    November 9, 2017 6:00pm

    THE Townsville Blackhawks say they have found the man to replace retired halfback Michael Parker-Walshe after signing former Newcastle Knights playmaker Jaelen Feeney.

    Feeney, 23, comes to the Blackhawks having played 13 NRL games for Newcastle across two seasons, with his last coming in Round 17 this year against the Wests Tigers.

    Able to play at fullback and well as No. 7, Feeney will begin pre-season training with the Blackhawks next week.

    His signing comes after the Blackhawks yesterday announced the recruitment of former Dragons players Kalifa Faifai Loa and Levi Dodd.

    “We’ve been on the lookout for a player to replace MPW and Jaelen is a player who can play at fullback as well,” Townsville Blackhawks operations manager Adrian Thomson said.

    “He has similar traits to Michael and he has a big frame like him as well.

    “Just as important is the fact Jaelen’s a young guy who is hungry.

    “We were negotiating with him for a while but Jaelen was hoping for a chance with a NRL club.

    “That didn’t come to fruition, but he comes here with a chance to push his case for NRL and showcase his wares.”

    Feeney was part of a growing list of NRL players to part company with the Knights, who have also farewelled the likes of Pauli Pauli and Josh Starling.

    Feeney, a Queensland Under-20s representative, helped Newcastle win the NYC minor premiership in 2014 and was a key player in Newcastle’s 2015 NSW Cup grand final win.

    “At the end of the day I think I’ve still got a bit to offer,” Feeney told the Newcastle Herald recently.

    “I can play a fair few positions and I’ve done everything the club could have asked of me during some tough times.

    “Hopefully people see that as a good thing and it helps me get another gig at a good, strong club with a good system.”

    Thomson said the Blackhawks were confident Feeney would be a perfect fit for their on-field and off-field culture.

    “He definitely is a quality player and he’s originally from the Gold Coast, where (former Blackhawks fullback) Jahrome Hughes is from,” Thomson said.

    “He’s good mates with Jahrome and also with Shaun Hudson who is over at the Cowboys.”

    Cowboys contracted playmaker Kyle Laybutt, who played all but two of his club games with the Blackhawks this year, will again be available for the Blackhawks next season.

    But Thomson said the Blackhawks were still searching for another half.

    “We’re still chasing another one, just so that if players get called up to NRL we remain self-sufficient,” he said.

    “But the market for quality halves is very competitive.

    “We’re trying to put together a team that will compete for the whole season.

    “A lot of (Queensland Cup) clubs are recruiting good players, so it’s going to be pretty strong competition next year.”
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  6. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Jun 27, 2010
    Chairman of Marathon Stadium Forums.
    Where I reside at.
    All the best to him no doubting his effort.
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  7. danknights

    danknights Timana Tahu

    Jan 26, 2016
    Good luck to him but I would never put him in a fullback jersey. Isn't a fullback arsehole.

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