Panthers prop signs new long-term deal

Leilani Latu

One of the club’s best performers in recent times, Leilani Latu has signed a contract extension with the Penrith Panthers.

Already contracted until the end of 2017, the club and Latu thought the time was right to sit down and iron out an extension, eventually agreeing to terms.

The club are pleased to have retained the talented forward and he drew high praise from Panthers boss, Phil Gould.

“Leilani Latu is the shining example of what perseverance can bring,” Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.

“Restricted by injury in the early part of his career, Leilani has worked really hard to now establish himself as a representative class forward.

“It’s just further justification of the club’s strong investment in a reserve grade development pathway here at the Panthers.

“It’s wonderful that Leilani will now be with us for the next four seasons.”

Joining the club in 2014, it was a rocky start to his Penrith career but with hard work and perseverance, he found his feet and is now a mainstay of the first-grade side.

“It’s great to have committed my future to the Panthers,” Latu said.

“I love this club and I know that with the players and the staff we have here, we’re building towards something special.

“The Panthers gave me a second chance at a career in rugby league and I’m so relieved to be in a position to repay that faith.”

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