Kalyn Ponga makes a mockery of WILD hypothesis he was undesirable by the Knights by re-signing with Newcastle for five years on deal worth at least $1million a season
- Feverish rumours claimed Knights had withdrawn supply to Ponga over weekend
- Ponga signed a wealthy five-year extension with Newcastle on Wednesday
- Fullback will earn at least $1million a year over the lifetime of the deal
Kalyn Ponga has put an finish to fevered hypothesis about his NRL future, asserting that he’ll stay with Newcastle on a new five-year contract.
The deal, introduced on Wednesday, removes any risk of the 24-year-old linking up with the Wayne Bennett-led Dolphins once they enter the NRL subsequent year.
Ponga was one of many Dolphins’ major targets and the seventeenth membership is now anticipated to closely chase under-contract Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster.
The fullback had till June 1 to tell Knights administration of his determination to train an choice in his contract to remain at the membership in 2023.
Ponga – seen right here evading a tackler in Sunday’s loss to the Dragons – made a mockery of rumours he wasn’t wished by the Knights as he signed for the long run on Wednesday
It had been claimed the game-breaking fullback was on the outer with the Knights over issues about calls for made by his father Andre, and his dip in type in 2022
The participant choices within the closing two years (2023, 2024) of his four-year deal, which he signed in 2020, yielded all of the negotiating energy to the Queensland State of Origin consultant.
The clauses allowed Ponga the possibility to stroll out on the membership at quick discover to change codes to rugby union or hyperlink with one other membership such because the Dolphins.
Bennett lately met the Knights fullback in an try to lure him to the membership for their inaugural NRL marketing campaign.
The announcement ought to imply Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster (pictured) is now firmly within the sights of the Dolphins enlargement workforce
Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett met with Ponga earlier within the season, setting off some controversy, however is understood to be a big fan of Munster’s
But the brand new Knights deal eliminates these clauses and the possibility for Ponga to change golf equipment till the top of the 2027 season.
This week it was reported that Newcastle had withdrawn a three-year supply to Ponga, partially as a result of his father Andre was placing senior figures at the membership offside with his demand that he management the timing of any announcement about his son’s future.
That hearsay was put to Ponga and Knights coach Adam O’Brien after their loss to the Dragons on Sunday, prompting a livid and blunt response.
‘Ridiculous. I had breakfast this morning and apparently we have been signing Cameron Munster.
‘I am unable to sustain with you guys [the media]. Fair dinkum.’
It was additionally rumoured Newcastle did not need to go forward with the deal as a consequence of worries over Ponga’s type, which has suffered this year as he offers with a knee damage that stored him out of the Knights’ spherical two win over Wests Tigers.