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Newcastle Knights hooker Adam Clydsdale set to join Canberra Raiders

Knights hooker Adam Clydsdale will continue his career in Canberra next season.

Fairfax Media has been told the Raiders will announce on Tuesday that the 22-year-old Scone Thoroughbreds junior is headed for the national capital on a two-year deal.

Clydsdale is contracted to the Knights until the end of next season but incoming coach Nathan Brown considered him surplus to requirements behind his friend and fellow Scone product Tyler Randell, and 19-year-old Junior Kiwis representative Danny Levi.

Brown told Clydsdale last month that he could explore other options but would not be forced out of Newcastle, and the no-nonsense dummy-half was subsequently linked to Melbourne and English Super League club Leeds Rhinos.

The Knights will grant Clydsdale a release from his final year to clear the way for him to join the Raiders, where he is expected to develop his career alongside English import Josh Hodgson.

Clydsdale, who has played 40 games for the Knights since making his NRL debut against the Raiders in Canberra in May 2013, is the first contracted player Brown has moved on since taking the reins from caretaker coach Danny Buderus last month.

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It was reported on Sunday that Clydsdale was not interested in accepting a second-tier deal at the Storm, where he would have been an understudy to Queensland and Australian captain Cameron Smith, and he was not keen to move to England at this stage of his career despite a three-year offer from Leeds.

"He may choose to stay at the club," Brown said on September 20. "Whether he does or not is ultimately up to him, but Adam's been told if he stays at the club he will be treated as he should be treated.

"He's a good kid and he trains well. Everyone really gives him a big rap as a person, so he'll be treated well, and his agent has been told that."

Clydsdale will join former Newcastle teammate Joey Leilua in Canberra after the Knights released the disgruntled Samoan international four months ago.
 

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