Kai Pearce-Paul turned down rugby league icons and trusted his gut for Newcastle Knights move
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The England international joined Will Pryce in making the move down under, linking up with 2019 Man of Steel winner and ex-Wigan playmaker Jackson Hastings.
And 22-year-old Pearce-Paul boldy rejected moves under icons Phil Gould and Wayne Bennett, admitting he trusted his gut to join the Knight for 2024 on a two-year deal.
Adam O’Brien’s side stunned the NRL competition last year following a 10-game winning streak, finishing the regular season in fifth position on the ladder to secure a spot in the finals.
They would go on to be knocked out by New Zealand Warriors, while Pearce-Paul won the Super League title following a 10-2 triumph over Catalans Dragons at the home of Manchester United.
Pryce, son of Super League legend Leon, also signed a two-year contract, with Pearce-Paul revealing he turned down interest from Canterbury Bulldogs and Dolphins.
“I spoke to Wayne Bennett about the Dolphins, I spoke to ‘Gus’ Gould about potentially coming to the Bulldogs at one point, too,” Pearce-Paul told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“And obviously, I spoke to Adam O’Brien at Newcastle. Gould and Bennett didn’t put any pressure on me, they just gave me an insight on what it would look like if I was to join their club. They were cool to talk to.
“It was a tough decision, but I chose Newcastle in the end. I went with my gut and I’m sure I’ve made the right decision because I’m loving it here already.
“This is made for me, this place is amazing.”