Somewhat of a revelation since being given an opportunity this year, the re-signing of Leilani
Latu shows that hard work does pay off.
The new 2-year deal for the prop is a result of his hard work and commitment to the Panthers and to the game, as he shone from the bench in some tough times for the Panthers towards the back end of the 2015 season.
Latu was always keen to stay, so that he could reward the club for the faith they showed in him.
“I really wanted to stay and repay the club for the faith they have shown in me,” Latu said.
“I am excited by the prospect of spending more time with the team and building on all the relationships that I have developed here in Penrith.
“Now Iâ€™ve got a taste for the NRL, Iâ€™m even more determined to earn my spot in the team next season.”
Part of the Panthers 2014 NSW Cup winning premiership side, he made his debut in Rd 21 of this year and has never looked back.
The club are also pleased to retain him and know that he can only get better.
“Leilani is the perfect example of perseverance from a young man who has had to overcome many challenges to realise his dream of playing in the NRL,â€ Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.
“When given the opportunity this year, Leilani confirmed the enormous potential we always believed he possessed.
“I can see Leilani playing NRL with the Panthers for a long period of time.”