Much has been made of the futures of Huddersfield Giants star Will Pryce and Wigan Warriors man Kai Pearce-Paul.
The duo have been continuously linked with the Newcastle Knights with deals expected to be announced for the 2024 season.
However, there had been clamouring that the Knights were going to try and get both Pryce and Pearce-Paul for 2023 following recruitment officer Clint Zammit’s trip to the UK earlier in the year.
Now, though, respected Newcastle Herald journalist Barry Toohey has revealed that both Pryce and Pearce-Paul will be staying at Huddersfield and Wigan respectively for 2023.
“They can be released at any stage, but at this stage it sounds to me like neither player is going to get out of their contracts with their English teams for next year,” Toohey said on his own podcast Toohey’s News.
“At this stage, the Knights are thinking that neither player will be here next season and we might have to wait until 2024 to see both of them.”
That will be music to both Huddersfield and Wigan fans’ ears despite the fact that both players look to be exiting their respective clubs.
Huddersfield boss Ian Watson, wants to see the teenager stay although the ball is entirely in Pryce’s court.
“Will will make his own decision, but Will is definitely here next year,” Watson said.
“His contract is up after that, but we have already started to look for a contract extension as I’d like to see Will stay over here for a number of years.
“He’s only young and they’ve (the NRL) got a lot of players over there who are in the same situation.
“I’d hate for Will to end up playing State Cup or Reserves and not really getting a shot in the NRL.
“Over here at the moment he is playing in Super League and if he can do a few years over here he will be a bigger commodity than what he is already.
“Will is a really level headed guy and he knows where he wants to go to.”
It will also be likely that both the Giants and the Warriors will be given first refusal if either player wants to come back to the UK at any point in the future.
That being said, if the duo follow in the footsteps of winger Dom Young and make a name for themselves out there, it would be interesting to see if they ever decided to make the move back home.