BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: Tevita Pangai of the Broncos takes on the defence during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on August 16, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Newcastle have met with Brisbane young gun Tevita Pangai Junior, as they try to entice the 21-year-old to leave the Broncos and join the Knights.

Pangai Jnr spoke to the Knights on Thursday and toured the club’s facilities, given he’s yet to re-sign with the Broncos.

Brisbane still remain the favourites for Pangai Jnr, although the Knights are pressing their claims.

According to the Herald, one source inside the Knights believed they were a shot to land Pangai Jnr.

“He wouldn’t have come down here if he wasn’t interested. The Broncos are probably still the favourites but hopefully we’re in with a chance,” they told the Herald.

The Tongan international has played 52 games for the Broncos since making his debut in Round 12, 2016, and has represented his country on three occasions.

Pangai Jnr grew up in Newcastle and played for South Newcastle, before signing for Canberra as a 17-year-old.

Retiring forward Chris Heighington believes the Knights will try to sign a few more big bodies before the 2019 season, to add to the impending arrival of Tim Glasby from the Storm.


  1. What a signing that would be, I think his contract will cost the Knights considering Broncs will have 3PA to boost his numbers. TPJ is exactly one of the things Knights needed.

  2. 1 Munster
    2 Vunivalu
    3 Chambers
    4 Scott
    5 Addo-Carr
    6 Drinkwater
    7 Croft
    8 Bromwich
    9 Smith
    10 Asofa-solomona
    11 Kaufusi
    12 Pangai Jnr
    13 Finucane

    14 Smith
    15 Bromwich
    16 Kasiano
    17 Welch

  3. How many more big bodies do they want – they already have Glasby, Ese’ese, Saifitti x2, Sam Stone, Josh King and with JJ Felise hoping for an extra yr as well thats 6/7 props already signed up for next yr

    • Stone, J Saifiti and King are reserve grade forwards that need to work a bit harder to become regular first graders. Felise is a depth player and that’s it. That gives them 3 first grade ready forwards. They need at least 1 more good forward.

  4. 1. Ponga
    2. Ross
    3. Moga
    4. Ramien
    5. SKD/Lee
    6. Watson
    7. Pearce
    8. Ese’ese
    9. Griffin
    10. Glasby
    11. Fitzgibbon
    12. S Matautia
    13. Pangai Jr

    14. Levi
    15. D Saifiti
    16. Barnett
    17. Guerra

    Lots of young exciting backs and second rowers but could do with a better number 9 to develop and grow with the team someone young such as M. Lichaa or M. Parcell and could also do with another big body forward.

    Would let J. Burher, K. Sio, B. Lamb, JJ Felise and Tom Starling all leave

    • I’d swap Ponga and Walker but also keep Buhrer and Sio for depth. I think if Stone or Saulo put a bit more bulk on and train the house down they will take the spot off Barnett as he is too rocks and diamonds.

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