2022-04-07 22:06:00

Knights superstar Kalyn Ponga has faced questions about his meeting with Dolphins super coach Wayne Bennett before he and coach Adam O’Brien walked out of their post-match press conference.

The 24-year-old attended a lunch with Bennett and Dolphins powerbrokers as they attempt to secure him as their marquee signing.

Ponga was quizzed about his current contract situation after the Knights’ 30-6 loss to Manly. The superstar has an option in his contract that frees him up to make a big-money move to the NRL’s newest franchise next season.

“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but every time you ask me I don’t give you an answer. So stay patient, I’ve got people that are working on it,” he replied.

When asked about the meeting with Bennett, Ponga laughed.

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“It obviously happened, but once it happened I moved on, I was worried about the game,” Ponga said.

“It was disappointing the effort that we put in in the end, we almost got ourselves back in a position to win there and for me now my next focus is reviewing the game, recovering and then going on to next week, that’s my focus.”

Ponga was then asked if the contract circus was a distraction, to which he replied “no” before coach Adam O’Brien went in to bat for his star fullback.

“I can probably speak to that, it’s not a lunch date, he was meeting with the… it is his right, it’s in his contract, the contract that we wrote,” O’Brien said.

“I am comfortable because I don’t see a difference in any of his preparation or his hunger at training.


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Knights coach Adam O’Brien leaves the press conference after Ponga was pressed about his contract situation.Source: FOX SPORTS

“That hasn’t wavered and usually.. you look out for that stuff and at the end of the day I want him to make the best decision with all the information on the table.

“Then there is no regrets if he chooses to stay, then he has made the choice with all the facts and I am really comfortable with it either way.

“I know his teammates are and they are in similar situations, I know it’s not as high-profile and at this stage of the year but they all come off-contract, they all negotiate and they usually negotiate with more than one club.

“I will get the answer, he is worth waiting for from my perspective so tonight should be talking about that performance which wasn’t great for us.”


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The journalists present doubled down, asking if each loss makes it harder for Ponga to remain in the Hunter.

The Knights kicked off the season with two impressive wins, but have slumped to three losses in a row.

Ponga looked across at coach O’Brien with a smile as he prompted the pair to get up and leave, disregarding the question.

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