Kalyn Ponga

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  1. kurtsux

    kurtsux Peter Malcolm

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    Newcastle director of football Brian Canavan has only been in the job a few days but is already planning to sit down with young superstar Kalyn Ponga to help map out a career path outside of rugby league in a bid to ensure he never feels the need to leave the Knights in the future.

    The hottest property in the game, Ponga is contracted to the Knights for a further three years but is certain to be the centre of intense interest from rival clubs down the track looking to poach him.


    While financial rewards and putting a successful team around him will be important towards the back-end of his contract when it comes to keeping rivals at bay, Canavan is a big believer in helping players develop career interests away from their actual playing commitments at clubs.

    “The Knights did a lot of great work to get Kalyn here and we are fortunate to have his services as a 19-year-old, now we would like him here for the duration,” Canavan said.

    “It’s a matter of constantly staying in contact with Kalyn and his manager to make sure we know what he is feeling and thinking.

    “The big part that I’ve seen over my time in the game is nurturing careers beyond footy and if you can get players engaged in that, they stay.

    “I’ve been through it at the Roosters with the likes of Anthony MInichiello the most recent one. Craig Fitzgibbon is another, Brad Fittler, he does some ambassadorial work for the Roosters still even though he is at Channel Nine. They are all examples.

    “You go back to Russell Fairfax. He heads up the Old Boys at the Roosters. They are ones that I am familiar with but I’m sure there are plenty of others throughout the game.”

    Canavan said research backs up the theory.

    “At the NRL, we conducted research on career development beyond football and there is a very high correlation between players that were engaged in study or work and long-term tenure at the one club,” he said.

    “You need to develop career aspirations beyond footy.

    “That’s what I’ll be looking at with Kalyn. I’ve met him several times but I don’t really know what makes him tick

    “Footy makes him tick right now but we want to get him engaged in whatever interests he has outside of rugby league and we want to give him the freedom and encouragement obviously to pursue them.

    “If they get engaged in career development that is organised by or in and around the club, for them to leave the club, it sets their careers back off-field so they are better off staying.”

    Canavan is convinced the Knights are not disadvantaged by their lack of third party agreements.

    “What we have at the Knights is a big regional area with great support, a lovely city in Newcastle that’s on the way up, a lovely way of life – that is a third party enticement right there to join the club,” he said.
     
  2. Kurriboy

    Kurriboy Adam Woolnough

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    Get him engaged to a Newcastle hotty.
     
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    daniels Glen Miller

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    It makes sense, set them up for life after foot ball and the are less worried about their next big payday.
     
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    EASBay17 Chris Mandalidis

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    how strange is it to have our club acting like a professional organisation!
     
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    The Artist Formerly Known as Aku'd Logan Campbell

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    Hughburt6 Steve Linnane

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    Anyone see how he went in all stars?
     
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    danknights Steve Simpson

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    Rocks and diamonds. But unfamiliar team and plays. 1 week of prep. Did ok.
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    And Hughburt6 just another trial game.
     
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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Ordinary.
     
  11. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    If any other 20 year old had had a try assist and was a constant worry for the defence when he got the ball we'd all be singing their praises, despite a bunch of soft errors.
    Even though it was a disappointing hitout for him, you could see he has them all scrambling when he gets anywhere near the ball.
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Frank McWilliams Darren Albert

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    Didn't see the game but from comments on forum he as OK with some errors. Maybe we are expecting too much to early from him in a new position with little preparation, I am prepared to wait and see, Knights trial games will hopefully sort it out.
     
  14. Joey1245

    Joey1245 John Allanson

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    He was rusty made some bad decisions on 5th defended well playing a new position some errors set up a try think he will find out he will need to be a bit more careful not trying to force things......to be brutally honest for a 20 year who now has the whole nrl on his shoulders! I was pretty happy the attack is easy part for him it’s the defence that I was worried bout and he was dealing with David fafita who I personally would throw the check book at
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    The only concern was he came through okay.
     
  17. knightime

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    As good as he is, we have enough backrowers. He’s signed with the Donks for another 4 years or something from memory.
     
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    Perfect scenario for the knights that game, no injurie to Ponga and he may have received a wake up call / reality check for what to expect this year. I couldn’t think of a better way to have him prep for the year ahead
     
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  19. luke46

    luke46 Tony Kemp

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    I still like

    1. Ponga
    6. Lino
    7. Pearce
    9. Levi
    14. Watson

    Kurt Mann probably wouldn't be too keen on that though. Our spine has great depth this year.
     
  20. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Lino is a 4th choice half at best, Pearce or Ponga gets injured and there will be a reshuffle to bring Watson back there.
     

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