Kalyn Ponga signs five-year contract with Newcastle Knights

After weeks of speculation, Kalyn Ponga has signed a five-year, multi-million dollar deal to stay with the Newcastle Knights.

At a media conference this afternoon, Ponga told the packed crowd that he would be Knight until the end of the 2027 NRL season.

“It’s a proud moment,” he said.

Just days ago, it was reported that the Knights had pulled the deal off the table.

A meeting with upcoming Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett a few weeks ago also sparked rumors about Ponga’s future.

The 24-year-old was signed to the Knights until the end of the 2024 season, but a clause in the contract gave him until June 30 to activate the final two years.

The new deal goes into effect next season and replaces all existing options and clauses from the current contract.

More to come

The new deal, reportedly worth more than a $1 million season, will make Kalyn Ponga the Knights’ highest paid player. Getty: Jason McCawley

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