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Alex McKinnon will take over Newcastle’s NRL recruitment after Troy Pezet accepted a resignation from the role.
McKinnon will look after the club’s recruitment for the 2020 season and beyond in conjunction with football director Brian Canavan and head coach Adam O’Brien.
Pezet is currently on leave but it’s understood he has informed the club he will accept a resignation on his return as part of the restructure.
It comes at the end of a controversial year for the Knights long-term recruitment boss.
He was heavily linked to the departure of former coach Nathan Brown, and the club’s decision to pursue O’Brien as a mentor for 2020.
Pezet also came under fire from club legend Andrew Johns following the reports, with the rugby league immortal wanting management to be held accountable for “sabotaging” the Knights’ season.
The former Parramatta and South Queensland halfback had been at the Knights since 2012, and in a recruitment capacity for the past four seasons.
McKinnon has meanwhile been involved with the Knights as a recruitment manager since October 2015 – just seven months after his career-ending injury.
Meanwhile O’Brien has also brought former Canberra coach David Furner and South Sydney assistant Willie Peters onto his coaching staff.