Penrith Panthers lure Travis Burns for 2010

The Panthers have managed to ink a deal with former Manly and Cowboys pivot Travis Burns , continuing their trend of purchases leading up to the 2010 season.

The Penrith club has now introduced 5 new players for the 2010 roster after an aggressive recruiting drive.

Burns will link with the club for 2 years and Panthers boss Michael Leary said he was extremely excited at the prospect of having the likes of Burns on the clubs books.

Still only 25, Burns showed good promise at Manly but was rarely given enough opportunity. The diminutive pivot defends well in the middle and provides good spark with the ball in hand – if the pairing with Luke Walsh takes off, then the Panthers will have an envious attacking arsenal.

“Travis is a specialist five-eighth and brings great experience to our halves. His recruitment bolsters an area where we have been particularly lean in past seasons,” said Leary.

Burns left Manly to join the Cowboys in 2007 after making his first grade debut for Manly in 2005. A Queenslander by birth – it seems the move North didn’t really agree with the livewire playmaker.

The Penrith club have already recruited promising Tigers bookend Daine Laurie, Eels rake Kevin Kingston and Canberra duo Nigel Plum and Adrian Purtell for their 2010 campaign.

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