Five-eighth Jarrod Mullen has signed a four-year contract with Newcastle, keeping him at the NRL club until at least the end of the 2018 season.

Newcastle five-eighth Jarrod Mullen has signed a four-year deal to remain at the Knights.

The 27-year-old has played 172 games for the NRL club since his debut in 2005 and on Wednesday said he was happy to remain there until at least the end of the 2018 season.

“This is the club I started playing my NRL career with and the club I want to finish it at, so I am very pleased to re-sign,” Mullen said in a statement.

“There are not many players that can play their career out at the one club.

“I will be 31 when I finish this contract, but hopefully I can keep going after that and finish my career here.

“To even get an opportunity to play first grade for the Knights was a dream come true, and it is 10 years I have been here now, so you have to sit back and pinch yourself sometimes because you are out there playing first grade in front of your friends and family.”

Knights coach Wayne Bennett said Mullen’s “above average” efforts in Saturday’s win over Canberra, after returning from a pre-season injury, was proof of how valuable he was to the team.

And he reckons his best is yet to come.

“Jarrod is in that category of elite players that probably has every skill in the book,” Bennett said.

“I think he is learning to play with a lot more calmness now and that is what we need him to bring to the team.

“He is really maturing as a player and as we have seen, five-eighth is definitely his position.

“Who knows what is in front of him? From my point of view, he is getting better every season.”

The Knights face Brisbane at Hunter Stadium on Good Friday.