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13:57  13 june  2019
13:57  13 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Newcastle Knights and Queensland Maroons superstar Kalyn Ponga's future has been the hot topic of the week, but it appears that whatever his next move is won't be for at least a couple of years.

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There had been speculation that Ponga and his management were looking to potentially upgrade or extend his long-term contract at the Knights, with Ponga's original $600,000 a season asking price now appearing to be a bargain price for the talented fullback.

While Ponga would be a great addition to any NRL roster, his father Andre Ponga has today made it clear that his superstar son will not be going anywhere until at least the end of his contract, which expires in 2021 - with a 2020 option.

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"I’m pretty sure he’s aware what our values are and money is not important to him right now," he told the NRL's Michael Chammas.

"We’ve got 2020 and 2021 - we want to wait until then, to some people that might sound stupid, but that’s what we believe is best for him right now.

"If it goes wrong then so be it, will be whatever value he is at the time - I know it’s not the way of thinking in the footy world, but it’s the way we think."

Ponga was a schoolboy rugby union prodigy and looked set to be the long-term main man at the North Queensland Cowboys - but the reluctancy to give him a regular NRL spot in 2017 meant that he would join Newcastle on a lengthy deal.

One man who's been following Ponga's development closely is The Australian's Brent Read.

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“Ponga is going to wait until 2020, 2021 to make a decision,” Read told Sporting News.

“He’s got an option in his way for 2022; I can’t imagine that option is going to be for what he’s worth because at the moment the Knights have got him for a bargain.

“He’s a $1 million+ player on the open market but he’s not on much at the Knights right now. I don’t think anyone knows what he’s going to do but to talk to people who know Kalyn Ponga and they’ll say he likes a challenge.

“He’ll spend 2020 playing for Queensland and Australia, but he just might be the sort of kid who goes in for a fresh challenge.”

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