Waiting until their English clubs confirmed their releases for 2024, the Newcastle Knights have now confirmed the signings of English duo Will Pryce and Kai Pearce-Paul.
Both have been impressive performers for their respective sides since debuting and both address distinctive needs for the Knights over the next few years.
Pearce-Paul, a back-rower, made a quick impression with Wigan fans when he debuted, even more remarkable when you consider he is just 21.
As they look forward to the 2023 season together, Wigan’s Executive Director Kris Radlinski says that will be disappointed to lose Pearce-Paul but excited for his challenges.
“Ultimately, Kai’s desire to go to the NRL was the determining factor,” Radlinski said.
“Kai is committed to Wigan for the 2023 season before leaving for Australia at the end of the year.
“He is an impressive young man who has been a pleasure to work with over the past few years.”
Pryce is the more interesting proposition in that he can cover fullback or five-eighth, with the club still tossing and turning over where to play Kalyn Ponga.
Still 20, Pryce has plenty of game time ahead of him and Huddersfield will watch his exploits down under with keen interest.
“Will leaves in around a years time with our very best wishes for the future and we look forward to watching his progress down under,” said Huddersfield Managing Director Richard Thewlis.
The Knights are pleased to secure two talented players such as Pearce-Paul and Pryce from 2024 for two years.
“These are important signings for The Knights,” Knights Director of Football Peter 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.”