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The Northern Territory news Fri 18 Nov 2016



The Northern Territory news Fri 18 Nov 2016

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 2016 SPORT 23 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA RIOLIS BID TO NULLIFY SPEED OF ST MARYS NTFL >> P25 BARBAS HEARTFELT APOLOGY TO SHARKS League >> P33 COTCHIN, MITCHELL HAPPY TO WIN MEDAL AFL >> P34 Just Footy F R I D AY P R E V I E W THE KID SIGNS $3.6M DEAL North Queensland Cowboyssensation Kalyn Ponga hasreportedly signed a lucrativefive-year deal to join theNewcastle Knights from 2018Picture: WESLEY MONTS Rugby playerRugby player battles backbattles back from injuryfrom injury >> Page 33>> Page 33 IMMORTAL Andrew Johns has declared Newcastles bid to sign Kalyn Ponga a nobrainer, predicting the young Cowboys sensation has the potential to leave a legacy at the Knights that will last forever. Newcastles greatest player last night lavished Ponga with praise and did not even blink an eye at the reported five-year, $3.6 million price tag that will make the 18-yearold the highest paid teenager in NRL history. I dont see it as paying overs for this young man, Johns said when asked about the risk of such a big contract for a teenager with only two NRL games under his belt. If you are going to attract a player of his class, you do what you have to do. For me, its a no-brainer. I already see him as a future rep player and a player the Knights and Nathan Brown can build the club around long term. Thats how good I think he is. The Knights are refusing to confirm reports the club has signed Ponga. The suggestion is they dont want to scupper the deal in case Ponga has a sudden change of heart during the 10-day cooling off period. Tellingly though, North Queensland coach Paul Green conceded yesterday they were little chance of retaining him. Ponga remains contracted to the Cowboys for 2017 and while the Knights fiveyear deal is believed to include next season if he can gain a release, Green indicated that was unlikely. COWBOYS VETERAN RETIRES PAGE 32 BARRY TOOHEY