Kalyn Ponga: NRL star commits long-term future to Newcastle Knights
Newcastle Knights captain Kalyn Ponga has signed a new five-year deal with the NRL club, reportedly worth to be in the region of $5million.
The 24-year-old has scored 35 tries in 76 appearances since joining the Knights in 2018.
During his time with Newcastle, Ponga has won representative honours with the Queensland Maroons and Maori All Stars.
On signing his new deal, Ponga said: “I would like to thank everyone who has helped throughout this process.
“I’m grateful for the huge amount of time and hard work it has taken to get this new five-year deal completed, especially my family and key people from the club.
“My team-mates have been awesome, they have shown me every respect and patience, without any pressure throughout the negotiations.
“We are a very connected group and I am confident there are great things ahead for us.
“It has taken a long time to get to get to this position. I have always said big decisions like these should not be rushed and we have taken the necessary time required.
“There has been a lot of reporting and opinions throughout the last few weeks, which I understand completely, and respect is a part of the game.
“I would like to thank all of those who have given me the respect of allowing me the space and time I needed to come to this decision. I am excited to have it done and now I can get on with contributing to the club and city that I love.”
Knights boss delighted to secure Kalyn Ponga on long-term deal
Ponga’s new bumper contract will commence for the 2023 season, replacing all existing options and clauses from his current deal.
Knights chief executive Philip Gardner said: “Kalyn is a quality person with great family value.
“We are delighted to secure his future; and look forward to watching him lead this club for a very long time.
“This signature adds to the forward momentum we are building, giving loyal Knights members and the local community another reason to be excited.
“Kalyn sees the vision and direction we have committed to take for the club. He agrees we have the right coach, appreciates the exciting new facilities, and wants to succeed with the Newcastle Knights.
“I want to personally thank Kalyn, and his father Andre; for the respectful manner and professional approach they have applied throughout negotiations.”
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