Split in Ponga ranks

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WHAT'S THE BUZZ -

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.

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