29th November 2023

The Panthers have acquired a significant increase on the eve of their finals marketing campaign, with star fullback Dylan Edwards signing a long-term extension with the membership.

Edwards, who was already contracted till the top of subsequent yr, has recommitted to Penrith on a four-year, $3.four million extension that runs by way of to the top of the 2028 season, in response to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 27-year-old’s deal runs past these handed all the way down to Penrith co-captains Nathan Cleary and Isaah Yeo. The Panthers even have Brian To’o, Liam Martin and Moses Leota locked in by way of 2027.

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“Re-signing with the membership is big for me and my household. I am actually grateful that this membership gave me my debut after which for them to indicate religion in me to have the ability to lengthen my keep right here – which is basically pleasing and I am wanting ahead to it,” Edwards mentioned in a membership assertion on Wednesday evening.

Edwards has change into probably the most damaging fullbacks within the competitors in current seasons (Brett Hemmings by way of Getty Photos)

“I wish to have a lot success with this membership. We have performed quite a lot of footy collectively and the longer term seems to be actually thrilling with the individuals that we have right here. I am excited to be part of it.”

“I am tremendous blissful to have Dyl locked in for one more 4 seasons,” Panthers head coach Ivan Cleary added within the assertion.

“He is an integral a part of the staff – not simply by way of how he performs the sport, but in addition his management and the way he helps to attach the remainder of the boys.

“Dyl belongs right here at Panthers. He has spent quite a lot of time enjoying with the core of our staff and I’m excited for what he and the staff can obtain within the coming years.”

With Edwards locked in, the Panthers will now flip their consideration to five-eighth Jarome Luai (Jeremy Ng by way of Getty Photos)

Edwards’ extension means he’s one in all simply eight gamers within the NRL contracted till not less than 2028, becoming a member of Brisbane’s Pat Carrigan, the Dolphins’ Tom Gilbert, Eels stars Mitchell Moses and Dylan Brown, Souths duo Cam Murray and Tevita Tatola, Sharks star Nicho Hynes and Titans skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.

Penrith’s consideration will now flip to five-eighth Jarome Luai, who is about to change into a free agent on November 1.

Luai’s future on the membership stays unclear, with the 26-year-old nonetheless with out an agent, and prone to command extra on the open market than what Penrith can afford to pay him.

Penrith is predicted to carry talks with the injured five-eighth within the coming weeks to find out his curiosity in remaining on the membership. 

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