TOM Luke has become the latest player to pledge his future to the Knights as Brett Davey edges closer to finalising his squad for next season.
But preparations are already well under way for the next campaign and Davey told the Free Press this week he is three or four players away from completing his squad.
The director of rugby expects to finish business in the next week and was delighted to reveal centre Luke had agreed to extend his stay at Castle Park.
He said: “Tom was an excellent player for us last season and it showed just how important he was when he went down with injury for the last few months.
“He’ll also be the skills coach as well, building on his experience in that role that he’s had this year.
“Tom’s a versatile player who can play at ten or 12 and he’s going to be a big player for us next season.”
The Knights are today expected to announce the full list of players who will depart the club, following a board meeting yesterday.
Glen Kenworthy has retired from playing duty and has been named head coach.
Davey said: “We’ve been scaling down Kendo’s playing time for the last few months as he’s concentrated on the coaching side of things.
“He’ll be taking most of the sessions from now on.
“We’re keen to have as professionnal set up as possible here and we’ve now got a really strong coaching team that can only benefit us.”
Despite slipping to another defeat, Davey was proud of the manner in which his side finished their season.
Fred Burdon scored a try on his final appearance for the Knights before an expected switch to Leeds Carnegie.
Davey said: “In territory and possession terms we were equal to Bristol but it was our ability to make costly mistakes that was the difference.
“I was very proud of what the lads did out there because it showed the team spirit that we’ve built up here and what we did in the second half was outstanding.
“It’s not great to end the season on a run like that but we’ve been unlucky with injuries and some horrendous officiating.
“It was nice to finish with such a positive performance because it gives us something to build on.”