Kalyn Ponga is chasing some big dreams.
Speaking to Peter Badel from the Courier Mail, Ponga revealed he dreams of lifting the premiership trophy with the nib Newcastle Knights.
After weeks of speculation over his long-term future, the livewire has paid tribute to the game of rugby league.
“I haven’t really done anything in rugby league yet,” Ponga said.
“I’m still learning about being professional. I still have heaps of room for improvement.
“It’s 100 per cent my goal to win a premiership with the Knights. That’s why you hammer yourself for four months.
“No-one goes through pre-season to come last. I always want to win.
“Rugby league has taught me a lot. It has shaped who I am. It has become a part of my life.”
Ponga is under contract with the Knights until at least 2021, but that hasn’t stopped pockets of the media speculating on Ponga’s future.
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Asked whether he’s like to wear the Maroon for Queensland for the next 10-years, Ponga responded; “That would be nice for me to achieve.”
Since making his State of Origin debut last year, Ponga feels at home in the representative arena.
“The culture of the Queensland team is what I love most. Family means everything to me after what I’ve been through (the passing of his brother Kacey as a toddler) and so the family aspect is huge,” he said.
“This Queensland side is not just a footy family, it’s like a real sense of family for me.
“Being in camp before Game One this year ... it really taught me what this team means and what being a Queenslander is all about.”