Five-eighth or fullback? Where Ponga wants to play

The season only ended a few weeks back but already nib Newcastle Knights supporters want to know where Kalyn Ponga will be playing in 2019.

Five-eighth or fullback? That is the question.

While the man himself will put the team first, he does have a preference.

Ponga had surgery last week to remove bone spurs on his ankle which will keep him off his feet for a fortnight, while he's expected to be in a moon boot for six weeks.

He'll be mended by the time pre-season rolls around in November and he expects to return to training as the Knights' No.1.


IF YOU'RE READING ON THE APP AND WANT TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST - CLICK HERE!

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by clicking here!

"I've still got a lot to learn at fullback," Ponga told ABC Grandstand over the weekend.

"I haven't even had a really a full season at fullback. I've still got a lot to learn in that craft. When I get back to pre-season, I'll look to work on that position but I'll play wherever the team needs me."


PONGA CROWNED THE PLAYERS' CHAMPION

With the ball in his hand, Ponga is one of the flashiest players in the game but it's without the ball where his Club has the greatest room to improve.

Finishing 2018 with the worst defensive record in the competition, Ponga admits he and his teammates need to address that area in the pre-season.

"It's definitely a defensive mindset," he said.

"We've found a core group this year. Obviously, all coming from different teams, we didn't really know how each other played.


"In attack we identified each other's style pretty early except in defence, we didn't really quite nail it.

"If we can get that right next year and build on the combinations, it should be pretty exciting."

CRUSHING BLOW AS KNIGHTS 20S SEASON ENDS

It's been a whirlwind year for the young gun who when asked to pin-point a standout moment from 2018, he was unable to highlight just one achievement.

"There's specific moment I'll remember but as a whole it was a learning curve mostly, I learnt a whole lot throughout the season on and off the field.

"Going into next season I'll start fresh again and try to build on what I did this year."