This time last year, his career was in some jeopardy after he suffered an ACL injury. Fast forward to the present day, and Panthers veteran Peter Wallace has recovered and reinvigorated himself, playing well at hooker for the club.
The new 2-year extension will see Wallace remain with the club until the end of the 2018 season and the veteran could not see himself playing for any other club.
“I couldnâ€™t see myself playing for any other club at this stage of my career,” Wallace said.
“Thereâ€™s a great bunch of boys here at the Panthers and the club is going in the right direction with everything off the field as well.
“The whole place is buzzing and Iâ€™m just really happy to be a part of it.”
A local junior at Penrith, he made his debut in 2005 with the club and has played in 65 NRL games for the Panthers across two stints.
His leadership and veteran status saw him draw strong praise from Panthers boss, Phil Gould.
“Itâ€™s great to have Peterâ€™s future with the club secured,” Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.
“He is one of the toughest individuals I have met in all my time in rugby league. He has overcome immense personal challenges over the past few seasons and is truly an inspiration to all the young players at the Panthers.
“He is a tremendous role model both on and off the field.
“Peter has taken the change of playing positions in his stride and is making a valuable contribution each and every time he plays. We are lucky to have him here at the Panthers.”
This year marked an interesting change for Wallace, who moved to hooker having traditionally been considered a half.
“Iâ€™ve known for a while now that the switch to hooker is a permanent one for me but Iâ€™m genuinely enjoying my footy there,” Wallace said.
“Iâ€™m just glad to have committed my future to the Panthers and can now start planning with my family for the years ahead.”