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Newcastle Knights confirm signing of Super League duo Kai Pearce-Paul and Will Pryce

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The Newcastle Knights have invested in their future, agreeing to deals with Super League youngsters Kai Pearce-Paul and Will Pryce.

Both players will join the club in 2024 on two-year contracts. 

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Pearce-Paul has already made 38 appearances with Wigan Warriors, having signed with the Super League club in 2020.

The 21-year-old can play in the centres or on the wing, and at 196 centimetres and 104 kilograms, he possesses a blend of speed and strength.

His strong performances at club level earned him a call-up to the England national team for the recent Rugby League World Cup, where he scored a try on his debut against Greece.

Wigan Warriors executive director Kris Radlinski has acknowledged it is a blow for the club to part ways with such a promising young talent.

“We are all disappointed to lose Kai,” Radlinski said.

“Having paid a transfer fee to London Broncos three years ago, our coaches have developed a very raw talent into an international rugby league player

“We presented Kai with a very attractive and long-term contract. Ultimately, Kai’s desire to go to the NRL was the determining factor.”

Pryce – the son of former England great Leon Pryce – is also considered one of the brightest young Super League talents alongside Pearce-Paul.

The five-eighth – who can also play at halfback or fullback – has made 28 appearances for the Huddersfield Giants since his debut last year.

The 20-year-old has scored 11 tries in that time whilst being an asset as a kicker, slotting 56 goals.

Whilst Pearce-Paul and Pryce won’t arrive in Newcastle for another year, Knights director of football Peter Parr believes both players will add depth to the squad. 

“These are important signings for the Knights,” Parr said.

“We are very excited to be able to attract two of the brightest young talents from Super League to join our club.

“We believe both players have a skillset that will make an impression on the National Rugby League once they arrive.”

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The double signing follows a number of Newcastle Knights player moves made this off-season.

Outside back Greg Marzhew will move to the Hunter in 2023 as part of a swap deal that sees Chris Randall head to the Gold Coast.

The Knights have also signed halfback Jackson Hastings and released prop David Klemmer in a separate swap move with the Tigers.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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