The player merry-go-round continues for 2021 as the Penrith Panthers release Josh Mansour, allowing him to join the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Mansour, a Rabbitohs junior, became a fan favourite at the Panthers since debuting in 2012.
In that time, he played in 158 NRL games and his achievements on the field were praised by the Panthers.
“On and off the field, Josh has given great service to our club over a long period of time,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“He’s been an ever-popular member of our squad, a favourite with the fans and has proven the strength of his character in overcoming several serious injuries.
“As difficult as this parting of ways may be, it’s out of respect for Josh that we felt so strongly about giving him the opportunity to seek a starting NRL spot at another club in 2021.”
Although this is not how Mansour thought it would go, he had nothing but memories and well-wishes for the club he now departs.
“While this isn’t an ending I ever envisaged, I’ve made peace with the decision and I’m ready to move forward with a new challenge,” Mansour said.
“I want to thank the club and the fans for their incredible support through the ups and downs of the last nine years.”
The Panthers club will always be in Mansour’s heart, a club he has known for his entire NRL career.
“I’m so grateful for every moment and everything Panthers has given me and my family,” Mansour continued.
“Whatever the future holds, I’ll always consider myself a Panther and be proud of what I achieved at the club.”
As he joins the Rabbitohs, their Head of Football Mark Ellison praised all of Mansour’s attributes ahead of his return to the club.
“He is a high work rate winger who is one of the competition’s leading players in terms of kick return metres, as well as a renowned finisher,” Ellison said.
“More importantly he is a quality team and club man that inspires his team mates and brings energy to any team of which he is a part.
“He knows what our Club is about and respects the tradition and history of South Sydney, as well as the community that the Club represents.