In a bid to allow the club to promote and develop the next junior, Penrith Panthers prop Tim Grant has terminated his club contract effective immediately.
Grant, who suffered a pectoral injury last week could have rehabilitated and made his return but instead, chose to step aside.
Grant is ultimately disappointed that his Panthers career has to end in this fashion but praised the club and its development pathways.
“While it’s obviously disappointing for my time with Panthers to end in these circumstances, I’m immensely proud of what I’ve achieved at the club,” Grant said.
“I want to thank all the Panthers members and fans for their kindness and support over the years.
“I strongly believe in where this club is going and I don’t want to stand in the way of the next local junior getting his chance in the NRL.”
Playing in 127 total NRL games for the Panthers, as well as a stints at the Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs, Grant now seeks new pastures.
Club coach Ivan Cleary praised Grant for his mentoring abilities to the younger generation.
“Tim has been a true professional that our younger players have been able to learn from,” he said.
“He demonstrates a ‘team first’ and ‘club first’ mentality, and through persistence and consistency of performance, he earned a starting spot this season.
“We extend our sincere thanks to Tim for his years of service to the club and wish him all the best for the future.”