It has been an interesting debut season for Charlie Staines but he will be a Penrith Panthers player until at least 2023 after re-signing with the club.
Staines, who burst onto the scene with six tries in two games, was then forced to sit out for a couple of reasons.
An inadvertent COVID-19 breach saw him miss games after his four tries on debut.
A hamstring injury then derailed his plans to add to his two games and with the Panthers’ recent success, getting back into the side is not easy.
Despite that, Staines, who hails from the town of Forbes, is just excited to stay and don the Panthers jersey again.
“Panthers has done so much for me and my family so it feels good to repay that faith they’ve shown in me,” Staines said.
“I took my time to consider all options but at the end of the day my heart is here in Penrith and I’m very happy to re-sign.
“There’s such a special bond that all the players and staff have here. It feels like a big family.
“Wherever I can fit into this team moving forward, I’ll play, because I just want to be a part of it.”
The Panthers are also pleased to keep him, with Staines just another young player coming through the club’s academy.
“Charlie’s brief foray in the NRL earlier this year gave us a glimpse of what he has to offer,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“He has progressed through the Panthers development pathways and typifies our club’s guiding principle of ‘built from within’.
“Given the significant interest from other parties in the NRL, we’re excited that Charlie has decided to commit to our club for the next three years.