Will Pryce explains how NRL move happened despite wanting “to be settled at Huddersfield Giants”

Will Pryce, alongside Wigan Warriors’ Kai Pearce-Paul, is headed to the NRL in 2024 as they both take up contracts at the Newcastle Knights.

The Knights have had a big focus on British recruitment with former Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott at the club, former Castleford Tigers fullback Bailey Hodgson there as well as former Huddersfield Giants winger and the highly sought-after Dom Young.

Pryce will soon be amongst those at the club and is an exciting signing for the Knights as they head into the future.

Speaking on the Trott The Egg podcast, Pryce revealed how the move came about revealing he wanted to be settled at Huddersfield but a new deal could not be agreed.

He said:

“I remember after my first year in Super League, I couldn’t have been more lucky. I played every game in the second half of the season. I ended up playing 13 games on the trot and there was suddenly a bit of hype around me.

“That’s when, at the end of that season, Newcastle kind of became interested in signing me. I was getting interest from the NRL in general. I remember I also had a couple of clubs in Super League interested as well as union clubs. I suppose I had a lot of attention for the right reasons.

“I came to the end of that first year and I was looking for a new contract at Huddersfield. I was still on my initial academy contract and was saying I wanted a new contract. I wanted to be settled at Huddersfield. I had a few contract offers from other teams but I turned them down.

“I don’t think the deal ever got sorted from both ends and that carried on through pre-season into the season itself and that’s when Newcastle came.

“I met up with the recruitment manager Clint Zammit from Newcastle early in the year about the ambitions the club had and those matched mine.”