A talented fullback, 18-year-old Ponga has played two NRL matches to date, both in the 2016 finals series with the North Queensland Cowboys.
Also named at fullback in the 2016 NYC Team of the Year, Ponga’s signing corresponds with the Knights’ long-term strategy of building a talented young roster and further complements the existing local talent.
“There is no doubt Kalyn is a very talented and exciting young player and his signing is definitely a coup for the Club,” coach Nathan Brown said on Monday.
“We look forward to further developing his talent and welcoming his family to Newcastle.”
Ponga’s family played a crucial role in the young fullback’s decision to join the Knights.
“To secure Kalyn from 2018 is really pleasing for everyone at the Club,” CEO Matt Gidley said.
“Kalyn made this decision with his family and he’s excited to be a part of the future of our Club.”
While the Club looks forward to welcoming Ponga, the 18-year-old remains contracted to the Cowboys for next season.
“As it stands, we are excited about Kalyn joining us in 2018,” Gidley added.
“Should the Cowboys decide to release Kalyn before the conclusion of his contract, we would certainly welcome him to the Club at an earlier date.”