Official: Knights sign Kalyn Ponga on a 4 year deal

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  1. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Paul the Chief Harragon

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    Whilst I appreciate Ponga getting a breather what drugs is Green on picking nuffies like Green and unsighted Morgan who hasnt been seen in the first 20 mins?
     
  2. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Matthew Gidley

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    Who cares mate!!
    As long as Ponga arrives a more matured player and injury free we win.... yeah?
     
  3. Anthony01

    Anthony01 Michael Reid

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    You can't beat experience tho.
     
  4. Kurriboy

    Kurriboy Robbie Ross

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    A chance Ponga may get another run sooner than we thought.
     
  5. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Paul the Chief Harragon

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    Cootes chipped another toe nail ponga a chance next week.
     
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    cowboyman Adam Woolnough

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    Didn't watch the game but looking at stats. Morgan 1 try and 4 try assists...

    No coincidence we win with Coote at the back. He is just a better organiser and positionally. One gaff for their try but it's to be expected he is a little rusty.
     
  7. nunnsy

    nunnsy Tea Ropati

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    I didn't watch the game either but in my opinion having Granville back would have made more of a difference than having Coote in over Ponga.
     
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    cowboyman Adam Woolnough

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    Great to have both back but Coote is more important in my opinion. His kicking game has been sorely missed as well.
     
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    Ben Ikin expects big things from Kalyn Ponga at the Knights, warns against positional switch


    May 12, 2017 11:30am
    By Ben Glover
    Fox Sports



    WHEN Kalyn Ponga signed the richest rugby league deal ever struck by a teenager a whiff of desperation hung over Newcastle like a fog.


    After two wooden spoons in a row and the promise of a third, Knights fans had been sold a dream that the toughest period in the club’s history was coming to an end.

    Salary cap problems have largely been cleared up and for coach Nathan Brown “rebuild” should no longer be a dirty word in 2018.

    Enter Ponga, the You Tube sensation who at 18 had already tasted NRL action in one of the competition’s elite teams.

    Even back in November when the whiz kid put pen to paper to be the face of the brave new world in the Hunter, Ponga was universally considered an elite prospect.

    However, the price tag of upwards of $600,000-a-season for a rookie who was proven amongst boys but not yet amongst men, was a risk in the eyes of some and a wide-eyed roll of the dice on potential alone for many others.

    Not the safest way to invest for a club that needs every big money signing over the next few years to pay dividends sooner rather than later.


    But with great risk comes great reward and Ben Ikin, who was a director on the Cowboys board when the kid first shot to fame has already seen enough to suggest the Knights have got it right.

    In fact, in a year when Kieran Foran, James Tedesco, Aaron Woods, Ben Hunt, Mitchell Moses, Jack Bird and Josh Reynolds are changing clubs, Ikin has tentatively pencilled Ponga in as his buy of the season.

    The caveat is that the Knights don’t get greedy by flicking the switch on a positional change that could be very tempting at a time when Jarrod Mullen’s career has come to a sudden end as he serves a four-year ASADA suspension, and Trent Hodkinson faces an uncertain future due to a chronic knee injury.

    “I wouldn’t move him to the halves,” Ikin told Fox Sports’ Market Watch podcast.

    “Put him at fullback and just let him continue to evolve from the base he’s built this year, which has been in the No.1 jersey.

    “He’ll be able to do more brilliant things, more often, more consistently, playing the same position he did this year at the Cowboys. You’ll get more out of him in the one jersey.”

    Ikin’s confidence in what Ponga can do from fullback is backed by an impressive run of games deputising for injured Cowboys premiership player Lachlan Coote.

    In his six appearances so far this season, Ponga has scored three tries and is one of the competition leaders for linebreaks with nine — just two behind Manly star Tom Trbojevic.

    He also leads the Cowboys for tackle busts and trails only freakish metre eater Jason Taumalolo for average running metres for North Queensland.

    It’s an incredible collection of statistics from a 19-year-old still yet to play 10 games in the top grade.

    Ponga’s talent level has rarely been seen in a player so young and his ability to ball play as well as cut holes in defensive lines with his running game has left no doubt that he could play in the halves, potentially as a running No.6.

    Brown has made it no secret that he is in the market for a half to ease the load on young, developing players like Brock Lamb, Jack Cogger and Jaelen Feeney but his advances have so far been rejected by both Foran and Bird.

    Knights CEO Matt Gidley this week confirmed the club’s interest in Cooper Cronk who will quit the Storm at the end of this season so he can move to Sydney, but is still to decide whether or not he will play on.

    It’s an ambitious play but if the Knights miss out on Cronk they may be forced to enter 2018 with the halves they’ve already got, which could bring Ponga into the frame for a positional switch.

    That’s when Brown might do well to listen to Ikin’s reservations about expecting too much too soon from a youngster who doesn’t turn 20 until March next year.

    “He still plays, and I don’t mean this disrespectfully, like an under 20s player,” Ikin said.

    “He’s not strong in the contact zone yet, but I reckon another pre-season will get more muscle on him, meaning he’ll be a tougher player.

    “Going from being tough and brilliant in the 20s to tough and brilliant in the big show is a big step to take, but the big step is made up of a lot of small steps, and at the moment he’s taking those.

    “I just know and believe we need a strong Newcastle and ultimately I think he’ll be good enough for the Knights to build a side around long-term ... but I’d love to see him explode in 2018.”


    http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl...h/news-story/5ec0f2babd2509d25e7e7194b4969f7a
     
  10. DelmoreSkag

    DelmoreSkag David Boyd

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    He's stinking it up in the u20's on Fox at the moment, looks out of his depth so far.
     
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    Only caught the 2nd half but he definitely improved. Was a massive threat every time he time he touched the ball. Especially the kick returns.
     
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    Jaybro David Fa'alogo

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    He seemed ok in First Grade this year I'm not concerned.....

    Cowboys stuffed up big time Keeping Coote should have let him go and told Ponga he was starting fullback this year. I think if that was the case he rejects our bid ......
     
  13. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Paul the Chief Harragon

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    Meh who cares.
     
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    cowboyman Adam Woolnough

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    Not really it's no coincidence our defence has been rock solid with him at the back and we are still winning games without JT. We weren't when Ponga was at the back.

    Can't keep them all and we have a nice handful of guns coming through that will have long careers in the NRL.
     
  15. Jaybro

    Jaybro David Fa'alogo

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    Hahahah ok ....
     
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    Kurriboy Robbie Ross

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    mozza Game on broheim

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    If he can match Robbie O's fitness and enthusiasm we'll have a hell of a player on our hands.
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Paul the Chief Harragon

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    So much excitement for 2018. We wont see our best until 2019 though.
     
  19. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Matthew Gidley

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    We already have that in a guy call Nathan Ross
    For 2.5m+ over 4yrs this kid will want to be one hell of a grab... the wolfs will curcle fast in 2018 if he has a average yr.
    Im sure ill even have a bite at times due to frustration.
     
  20. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Matthew Gidley

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    Thought most 20s players were average though? Or just Lino when compared to hodko in a cup game :confused::shrug::dude::hello::thumbsup:
     

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