Unable to crack the Broncos first-grade side during his time there and thus having to ply his trade for their Queensland Cup feeder side, the Redcliffe Dolphins, Brisbane Broncos fullback Luke Capewell has decided to take up an offer from the Penrith Panthers, a move set to take place effective immediately.
The deal at Penrith, which will run for 2 years, comes after Capewell was unable to crack the Broncos first-grade side – with this new opportunity one the utility back is looking forward to, especially with the expected departure of Panthers half Luke Walsh.
“I really enjoyed my time at the Broncos, they are a great club but this was too good an opportunity to pass up,” Capewell said.
It will be Capewell’s fourth NRL club, having enjoyed previous stints at the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Titans.
For the Dolphins, the move is bittersweet in many ways.
“You never like to lose a player of Luke’s ability, he was such a big part of our team and success in the past two seasons,” said Dolphins CEO Grant Cleal.
But it also gives us great satisfaction seeing our players at the elite level especially in Luke’s case as he played juniors here.
If things don’t work out Luke will always be welcome at Dolphin Oval,” Cleal said.
Despite leaving immediately, however, Capewell is hopeful that the Dolphins can take out the QLD Cup title.
“The boys at Reddy are a great group of guys on and off the field, I really hope they can take it out,” he said.