Knights in the news: Buderus hopeful Ponga will extend contract

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:

THE FUTURE FOR PONGA


Knights legend Danny Buderus would love to see Kalyn Ponga extend his stay with the Club.

His comments follow an interview with NZTV.co.nz where the live-wire discussed the possibility of making a code switch later in his career.

The 20-year-old is signed for three seasons after this one and Buderus hopes there's plenty more years in the red and blue to come.


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"Hopefully he is at Newcastle for a lot of years to come and more importantly hopefully he achieves everything that he wants to at the club," Buderus said on Fox Sports.

"That would include bringing a title to the town, but that will take a lot of hard work.

"Hopefully he will be there to see that through and everyone in Newcastle would love to see him bring a title to the Knights.

"There will be a lot of hard work and a lot of players to come before that happens.


"But in another five or six years' time it wouldn't surprise me, if he would go and play for the All Blacks."

Having made great strides on last season, Buderus believes the Club is headed in the right direction.

With several new recruits joining the squad next season, Buderus is confident Ponga will be surrounded by quality talent in the years to come.

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"You've got Tim Glasby coming next year and he will add a lot to the team," Buderus said.

"Jesse Ramien out there in that right centre position as well as Edrick Lee as a right centre or a winger.


"There is a lot of upside coming and I'm sure there is a bit of spending to go as well."

Knights chief executive Phil Gardner admits he understands why Ponga might aspire to represent the All Blacks later in his career.

But still, he hopes Ponga will be a long-term Knights player.

"Kalyn's one of the most honest young men you will ever meet," Gardner told the Newcastle Herald.


"I'm sure that for three years he is going to give his best for Newcastle and try to achieve everything possible that he can here, which means winning a premiership, playing Origin for Queensland and playing for Australia.

"Once he's achieved all those goals, there might be other things he wants to do.

"If he thinks that's rugby, then we want what is best for Kalyn and will support whatever decision he makes.

"But we'll certainly be doing everything in our power to get him to stay with us."