Sport Rugby League Houston keen to stay a Knight despite uncertainty
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Houston keen to stay a Knight despite uncertainty

Under a cloud ... Newcastle Knights owner Nathan Tinkler.
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Newcastle Knights forward Chris Houston says he wants to re-sign with the club despite the uncertainty surrounding the club’s ownership.

Negotiations have been ongoing between the NRL, Knights Members Club and the Hunter Sports Group for more than two months about the club’s ownership arrangements.

Nathan Tinkler’s HSG fail to extend a $10.52 million bank guarantee at the end of March, prompting the Members Club to take to action to gain access to the money and start future ownership talks.

The NRL was expected to announce yesterday it was taking over the running of the club on an interim basis until a permanent owner can found.

Houston is off contract with the Knights at the end of the season, but wants to stay in Newcastle.

“I love Newcastle, hopefully I can stay here again and work something out in the next few weeks,” he said.

“But nothing has really been said at the moment, I haven’t approached the club.

“Hopefully it will all fall into place.”

While the club’s ownership remains uncertain Houston says he still wants to stay.

He says he would be happy to sign a new contract before the ownership details are known.

“There’s uncertainty there, but I’m pretty passionate about the club, about the place here,” he said.

“I’d be happy to negotiate a contract with the club not knowing who the owner is.”