Ponga Appreciation Thread.

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  1. alexwilliams_66692007

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    Surely he deserves one.. The kid is brilliant
     
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    Could be the talent of his generation. That's how good he is, and there's no other way to put it at this stage. Obviously the future is unwritten, and a lot of things could happen... but he's in the very the rarest tier of young talents. To live up to and even exceed the hype is just phenomenal. We have to be realistic, he's going to have bad days... but I'm not sure when they'll be at this point?

    I think the biggest challenges he could hit in his career might be if/when he slows down and loses that pace and elusiveness. He will need to change his game at that point... I think of Benji as an example of someone who did it rough for a long time after losing that sort of physical ability. However, I think Ponga has a way sounder, calmer head on his shoulders than Benji did at this age... and can make much smarter plays already, rather than just crazy ass steps and flick passes.

    The sky is the limit for the kid right now.
     
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  3. PhilGould

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    He's not bad, is he?
     
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    Easily the most gifted talent I've seen come through (albeit I'm not much older than the kid). We're 5 games into his tenure here and he's looking like every bit of the million dollar player we signed and has so, so many years ahead of him. I think he's still going to be better on average than what we have seen and that's the scary part. Like a lot of players in the team he's adjusting to everyone around him and even Fitzgibbon highlighted how their combination still has work to do. He might transition into a 5/8 because of how good his ball playing skills are but he'll be just as destructive and incredible.
     
  5. alexwilliams_66692007

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    20 runs, 1 try assist and 176 meters made.

    Stop it
     
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  6. Knight Vision

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    Brilliant isnt an adjective fitting of the kid. Sublime freak. Every time he takes on the line the defense is second guessing themselves. What an athlete.

    Every now and then along comes a player where you just know they will go on to greatness. Ponga is one of those players. I expect he'll hit a few snags along the way like any young man but only bad luck injury wise will stop the juggernaut that is Kayln Ponga.The best thing is he's a Knight
     
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    At this rate he'll be writing his own cheques, put any number you want Kalyn.
     
  8. perverse

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    I could be wrong, but I think he's pretty close to leading the Dally M race after tonight, too. Equal first leading into this weekend.
     
  9. alexwilliams_66692007

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    And people were complaining about us paying overs for him.. Idiots.
     
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    Mainly Cowboys fans. Haha... they went with Coote. Poor bastards.
     
  11. Hardcore_Fan

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    Yeah well he hasn’t scored a 100m try through a broken field yet. That I can’t wait to see.
     
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    It's crazy to think that he's only 12 games into a career that could span into the hundreds and plays the way he does; in his first full season being up there in the Dally M tally.

    Freak and in the most fantastic way possible.
     
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    Boyd was asked a question about Kalyn and his big price tag/delivering on expectations in the press conference. All I could of was us nearly spending a million dollars for Bird.

    $600,000 for Ponga is an absolute bargain. I can’t see us keeping him on that much for 5 years though- there’ll have to be an upgrade down the track somewhere.
     
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    The best thing about Ponga is that while he has the step and all that other fancy stuff to get excited about, more importantly he's a naturally gifted ball player with vision and those are extremely few and far between.
     
  15. Knight Vision

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    I think he's got some performance clauses in his contract. He earns more if selected for rep squads etc ? 600 K for his talent is a bargain. At all costs we have to keep him in the red and blue for his career.
     
  16. Yosh

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    The real question is "what cant he do?".

    He can run, pass, kick, defend, goal kick, speed, agility, great technique in attack and I'm the tackle, so calm as well. Can't wait for next week to see him play again.
     
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    No one knew about the ball playing skill. Or if they did the Cowboys undersold it.

    But geez at nrl level that is priceless..
     
  18. Hardcore_Fan

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    That bullet cut out he did to put SKD over that got called forward was freakish. I’ll pay that because it wasn’t forward.

    He will need to be careful with those, I reckon he will throw a few intercepts.
     
  19. aqua_duck

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    Pretty sure Brown said that the reported figure $600k was contingent on him meeting certain criterias so in other words $600k is the max he'd make under this contract.
     
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  20. Dave_

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    I can't explain how good Ponga is. He's got the footwork and speed of prime Benji and the passing and goal kicking of Joey.

    He's the best player in the comp and I wouldn't trade him for anyone. What a bargain 600k is. Love watching him play
     
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