Split in Ponga ranks
WE have been writing on these pages for weeks about Kalyn Ponga’s contract situation at Newcastle. We all know he’s worth $1 million a season but is earning $600,000.
It has become more intriguing in light of reports that Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has reached out to the Queensland Maroons superstar about switching to the rah-rahs.
Even more interesting are indications of a really awkward split between Ponga’s father Andre and his agent Wayde Rushton.
Ponga Sr was quoted last week saying his son was not chasing more money. At the same time Rushton has been desperately trying to sit down with Knights boss Phil Gardner to get the star fullback a contract upgrade.
Gardner is off to the US next week so the meeting will not be taking place anytime soon.