Wigan stand their ground as reported NRL interest continues in Kai Pearce-Paul

Wigan Warriors – as well as every other Super League player – want to keep hold of their best players.

Well, one of those in the past few seasons has been rangy Londoner Kai Pearce-Paul.

The back-row forward or centre is one of the most talented youngsters in the country but there has been undying speculation that he is heading for the Newcastle Knights in 2024.

Now, the Warriors are determined to keep hold of Pearce-Paul for 2023 after it became clear to the Lancashire club that the Knights wanted him at their club.

According to the Newcastle Herald, Wigan have ‘blocked’ such an offer from NRL side Newcastle in a bid to keep the Londoner at the DW Stadium.

It comes following another attempt by Newcastle to sign Bevan French whose future is still up in the air after previously being handed a ‘mega’ offer by Wigan to stay at the club.

French has lit up Super League in 2022, forming an incredible partnership with fellow livewire Jai Field who himself has spoken about his desire to continue playing alongside former Parramatta Eels star French.

Meanwhile, Pearce-Paul has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in Super League after bursting onto the scene in 2021.

Now, he is one of the first names on the Warriors’ team sheet after impressing with every minute and every passing game with Wigan head coach Matt Peet previously outlining his desire to see the rangy Londoner stay at the club.

Having said that, Pearce-Paul is not the only one who is being chased by the Knights with Huddersfield Giants’ Will Pryce also being looked at.

That being said, Huddersfield are unwilling – like Wigan – to release their star as things stand.

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