It has been a good week for Isaah Yeo, with the forward named Penrith Panthers captain and signing a new long-term deal until 2024.
Yeo, now 26, will co-captain the side alongside halfback Nathan Cleary and said there was never any inkling to leave the Panthers side.
“I had no intentions of doing anything other than re-signing with Panthers,” Yeo said.
“I love playing for this club. I really couldn’t see myself in another jersey.
“If anyone asked me when I first came to Penrith if I would play first grade, I would have said they were crazy.”
Yeo, a Dubbo local, is proud of his career to date and hopes to continue to play well for the Panthers and potentially win a premiership.
“To think I’m here now and this deal is going to take me through to the age of 30 is incredible,” Yeo continued.
“It’s been quite a journey and something I’m very proud of.
“Hopefully over the next few years we can bring a premiership to Penrith and I can play my part in that.”
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary believes Yeo is reaching the pinnacle of his career and knows how important he will be to the side.
“Everyone at the club is stoked to get this deal done,” Panthers coach Ivan Cleary said.
“I think Isaah is hitting the sweet spot of his career. His performances last year and his Origin debut have solidified his self-belief, which was already strong, but has gone to another level.
“He’s going to be a really important player for our club over the next four years.”