Ponga puts team before personal milestones

It's a team first mentality.

Kalyn Ponga may be a front-runner for the Dally M Medal but that's the furthest thing from his mind.

Rather than claim the prestigious medal following a breakout season, the nib Newcastle Knights fullback wants more Club wins.

"I just want to win every game, not really win that (Dally M), you know what I mean," Ponga said.

"My focus is as a team and winning games, rather than winning those individual accolades.

"If you're looking at that, you're sort of playing selfish and I don't want to be that sort of player. I'd rather win games."


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With 27 top grade games to his name, the 20-year-old has caught the NRL by storm.

Not that he's fazed.

With the Knights to face four top eight teams in the remaining four rounds, they have a tough run to finish the season.

It isn't made any easier by the horror run of injuries the team has had to contend with, in particular, to key players.


Ponga has battled an ankle issue in recent weeks, while Connor Watson is sidelined with a groin problem.

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Ponga admits having Pearce's presence on the field helps to lift his game.

"One hundred per cent, not only mine, but everyone's," Ponga said.

"He's one of those players who even at training, he just somehow has a knack of making other people better.

"That's a true credit to how good he is, to make other people look better.

"I want him on the field."