Wigan Warriors’ Kai Pearce-Paul has been one of the most impressive youngsters to come out of the club in recent years – and that’s a big statement.
The likes of Liam Marshall, Joe Burgess, Morgan Smithies and Harry Smith have progressed through the academy into the first team, but Pearce-Paul has always had something extra.
So much extra in fact that he has been attracting the attention of numerous clubs worldwide, with an NRL club thought to have signed him for 2024 and beyond.
That club is the Newcastle Knights, however, it is now thought a deal has been struck for 2023 onwards, if Newcastle Herald journalist Barry Toohey is to be believed.
Toohey was asked: “Baz could we see French, Pearce-Paul and Will Pryce on the same plane headed to Newcastle?”
@BarryToohey Baz could we see French, Pearce-Paul and Will pryce on the same plane headed to Newcastle?😜
— Roy Abla (@AblaRoy) August 6, 2022
Toohey replied: “Pryce might be 12 months away,” suggesting that Pearce-Paul – and not Pryce – could be heading with Bevan French for 2023.
Pryce might be 12 months away https://t.co/OvQoyuZdiH
— Barry Toohey (@BarryToohey) August 6, 2022
After bursting onto the scene with the London Broncos, Peace-Paul impressed enough to be given a long-term deal by Wigan Warriors.
Debuting in 2021, the rangy back-rower or centre looked comfortable at the highest level with a wicked offload and a physicality that makes him difficult to tackle.
His form in 2022 so far has been even more impressive and Pearce-Paul was rewarded with a spot in Shaun Wane’s 30-man England squad, though injury stopped the Wigan man from being called up most recently for the mid-season international with the Combined Nations All Stars.
Famous Australian journalist Sam Ayoub – often hailed as the world’s most powerful agent – linked up with Peace-Paul’s manager, Iestyn Harris, in order to handle negotiations with NRL sides earlier in the year, the Daily Telegraph previously reported.
Pearce-Paul has got an incredible future ahead of him but it’s looking increasingly likely that his future will be in the NRL.