NRLHe is Newcastle Knights-bound next season but Sharks centre Jesse Ramien won’t be showing any love for his future club on Sunday

Jesse Ramien signed at Newcastle for the next two seasons for love.
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But the Knights won’t be expecting the young Sharks centre to show them any on Sunday when the two sides clashat Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium.

The 21-year-old former Junior Kangaroos star is one of Newcastle’s big recruitment pick-ups for next season.

Ironically, he made his NRL debut against the Knights in last season’s final round at McDonald Jones Stadium, scoring a try in the Sharks’ 26-18 win.

And he has featured in a further eight games for the club this season despite announcing in February he was defecting to the Knights.

READ MORE: Newcastle KnightsIt is understood the Sharks were desperate to keep him in the Shire and Wests Tigers and Bulldogs also made strong offers for him.

But the former Coonamble Bears junior, who spent a couple of years at Hunter Sports High in Newcastle after his parents sent him to live at Kirinari Hostel in Garden Suburb when he was just 11, has a 5-year-old daughter LaSharn living on the Central Coast with his former partner and wants to move closer to her.

“She’s the absolute love of my life, everything I do is for her. She loves it, she absolutely loves footy,”Ramien told Fairfax Media earlier this month.

“It’s a massive opportunity for me to provide for my little girl. Once she came along she was pretty much all I cared about.

On his way: Sharks centre Jess Ramien will join the Knights next season but will be the enemy on Sunday.

“It’s all pretty much anyone cares about that has a family. When they’re playing, they want to provide for their family, play good footy.

“Now that she’s come along I have an opportunity to do that and I’m going to do what I can and everything I can to play my best footy and provide for her.”

Ramien considered quitting rugby league when he became a father at just 16 but was talked out of it by his family because of the opportunities the game could present to him.

He was at Manly at the time but linked with Cronullaand underlined his potential by scoringthe Sharks’ only try intheir 22-6World Club Challengeloss to Wigan in February last year.

He will mark Knights centre Nathan Ross on Sunday.

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