NEWCASTLE RL: Cessnock boost 2021 squad with the signing of Joel Edwards and Tyronne Roberts-Davis

Premiers Cessnock have been boosted by the signing of local junior and former Knights, Raiders and Wests Tigers forward Joel Edwards with Knights discard Tyrone Roberts-Davis also on board for the 2021 season.

The Goannas have also picked up former Knights hooker Chad Redman but in a body-blow, could lose strike centre Brayden Musgrove.

Former Knights junior Musgrove is back in the sights of the NRL club and has been handed a train-and-trial deal for the pre-season.

Knights recruitment boss Clint Zammit admits he is a Musgrove fan.

Joel Edwards

Joel Edwards

"I think he has a lot to offer to be honest but he has to want it," Zammit said. "He'll have his opportunity during pre-season training to show he does."

Cessnock coach Todd Edwards said the recruitment of Roberts-Davis and Edwards will strengthen his side.

"I'm really happy to see Brayden get another chance at the Knights because he is a talent and picking up Roberts-Davis will hopefully off-set that if we lose him," he said.