2022 Rumoured and confirmed signings (NON-DISCUSSION THREAD).

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Parramatta is on the cusp of another shattering recruitment setback with young gun prop Oregon Kaufusi expected to link with the Cronulla Sharks.
It is understood Kaufusi will announce he will join the Sharks on a three-year deal worth around $1.2 million from 2023, to continue the club’s rebuild under new NRL coach Craig Fitzgibbon.
 
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Knights employ Ponga senior. Nothing to see here...

NRL news: Knights make play for Kalyn Ponga’s father in bid to deny Dolphins​

In a move which may deny Wayne Bennett his marquee signing, a shrewd Newcastle is set to make a play for Kalyn Ponga’s father.

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Could this be the clincher for Kalyn?
In a move which may deny Wayne Bennett his marquee signing, a shrewd Newcastle is looking to employ Kalyn Ponga’s father to the Knights’ NRLW team staff.

Desperate to retain the brilliant Ponga in the face of a massive offer from Bennett’s Dolphins, the Knights will ask the NRL salary cap auditor whether the club can employ Andre Ponga in a paid mentoring role with the club’s women’s side, who will compete in the NRLW this year for the first time.

And in a bold statement, Knights CEO Phil Gardner said he would “sue the arse off” any critics who accuse the Knights of acting illegally or unethically regarding the club’s salary cap.
Andre has been working with female Newcastle players in a voluntary role but a future paid job has been discussed by both parties.

Employing Andre might be the wily move that leads to his son re-committing to Newcastle when his current deal expires after next season.

Bennett and the Dolphins have identified Ponga as their premier signing for 2023.

The Knights have imported a number of women from New Zealand and North Queensland for this coming season with Ponga senior having helped the relocated players in cultural coordination and mentoring.
 
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The Tigers have signed promising Knights utility Starford To'a.

A talented 21-year-old, To'a can play wing, centre and fullback and is a handy addition to the Tigers' ranks on the eve of the new season.

The signing is expected to be made official today and To'a will make the move to the Tigers immediately.

 
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Exiled Melbourne Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona is reportedly set to leave the NRL to play rugby in the Japanese League One competition ahead of the 2023 season.

According to Fox Sports, the two-time premiership-winning prop will join the Panasonic Wild Knights, who are coached by former Wallabies mentor Robbie Deans.

The Storm have tried to contact the 25-year-old over the past few months but haven't managed to resolve the matter.

"I'm very hopeful 'NAS' will come back," Storm captain Jesse Bromwich said last month.

"He's a powerful man and a big part of our team.

"A lot of us boys care deeply for him and I've tried to reach out to him, but I didn't get anything back.

 
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The Raiders have signed a Kiwi youngster who could be the answer to the club's long-term hooking dilemma.

With question marks over the Raiders' two first-choice hookers, Josh Hodgson and Tom Starling, the club has pounced on former New Zealand under 16 hooker Stanley Iongi.

 

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