Knights in the news: Browny’s unsung signings

There's been no shortage of interest in our boys this week.

Preparing for another big game, the nib Newcastle Knights attracted plenty of media attention and we've pulled together the best of it in case you missed any of the news.

Here's what our boys got up to this week:

BROWN'S IMPRESSIVE BUYS

In a team glittered with fresh talent, nib Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown is spoilt for choice when it comes to who he could label his best purchases in 2018.

While Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce are easy to single out, Brown paid tribute to some of the workhorses who joined the team this season.


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The likes of Aidan Guerra and Slade Griffin before he suffered a season ending knee injury, have been massive additions to the roster.

"Aidan Guerra's been on the field for the whole year," Brown told 2SM.

"Coming from the Roosters who for the last seven or eight years have been in the top four and played in finals and won Origins, the way Aidan has stuck to his tasks. He's at 30 years of age. He's turned up every week.


"The other who which we were hopeful of doing well but probably came in fairly underrated, was Slade Griffin.

"Playing for New Zealand wasn't something we were expecting of Slade. We thought we were buying a good solid club player.

"What Slade was bringing to the club was far better than what anyone expected. Unfortunately, what's happened to Slade has happened now. He's got that long stint of not playing."


PONGA THE ALL BLACK?

Kalyn Ponga created headlines this week when he admitted that if he was to try his hand at rugby, he'd align himself with the All Blacks.

Ponga is eligible to represent both Australia and New Zealand through his parents and pledged his allegiance to the Kangaroos in rugby league but should he ever want to test himself in union down the road, he is eligible for both nations.

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Not that a code switch is remotely on the cards.


Ponga is signed to the Knights long-term and according to Knights legend, Matty Johns, there's nothing wrong with speculating about what the future may have in store.

"Any kid who has grown up in New Zealand would have an ambition to play for the All Blacks. There's nothing wrong with that at all," Johns told Triple M Grill Team on Wednesday.

"That should send out a little warning signal ... not so much to the Newcastle Knights, but to the powers that be in rugby league.

"... I think at the end of this year Mal Meninga is going to pick a (Kangaroos) side, and I think Kalyn would absolutely be a chance to be named in that squad."


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FAMILY THE MOTIVATION

Pasami Saulo is only 20 but a father of two and it's his young family which is driving him to make his NRL journey a winner.

Two games into his first-grade career, the promising forward is using his boys, one-year old Hikairo and new born Manuia, as motivation to succeed.

"Without my family, I probably wouldn't be as driven or focused," Saulo told the Newcastle Herald.

"I'm doing this for my family. I need to look after them and support them and hopefully, I can make a go of it and I'll be here at the Knights for a long time."

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