Wigan Warriors’ Kai Pearce-Paul’s mammoth transfer has now been confirmed.
There has been a great deal of speculation about the rangy back-rower’s future, with him attracting all kinds of attention following a number of superb performances.
Now, he has been confirmed – by the Daily Telegraph – to be joining the Newcastle Knights after meeting with the club’s recruitment officer Clint Zammit earlier in the year along with Huddersfield Giants star Will Pryce.
“They are both coming in 2024,” said Steve Parr, who joined Newcastle after two decades at the Cowboys.
“Our recruitment chief Clint Zammit has an enormous wrap on Pearce-Paul and Pryce.
“One (Pryce) is a playmaker and the other one (Pearce-Paul) is a gun in the back row so we’re looking forward to their arrival.
“From what Clint tells me, they are committed to coming here in 2024 and that will be exciting for our roster.”
Pearce-Paul has been compared to rugby league and union legend Sonny Bill Williams who set the sporting world alight during his career.
“My brother has been saying that since I was young, that I’d be the next Sonny Bill Williams,” said Pearce-Paul, who is 196cm and 101kg.
“I like to offload, a similar style to Sonny Bill. He’s a great, great player, someone I looked up to when I was young.”
Pearce-Paul excelled during the 2021 Super League season for Wigan when the club suffered with bad form under previous head coach Adrian Lam, bursting onto the scene and arguably becoming the Warriors’ best player that year.
Though the Londoner has suffered with injury in 2022, his class has been evident when he has been out on the field, having been deployed in both the centres and at second-row by head coach Matt Peet with an ability to adapt to both positions seamlessly.
It is, however, a big loss to Super League.