Newly signed Penrith Panthers forward Matthew Eisenhuth

It might have been a while but Matthew Eisenhuth will once again don the colours of the Penrith Panthers. 

The utility forward had stints in the Parramatta Eels system and played 70 NRL games for the Wests Tigers.

Eisenhuth has signed on until the end of 2022 and is pleased to be back at Penrith after several years away.

“I’m so grateful to be back in Panthers colours and can’t wait to get started,” Eisenhuth said.

“I’ll never forget how well this club looked after me when I was last here. I’m fortunate to now be in the position to pay the club back.”

Eisenhuth is also looking forward to making his own mark at the Panthers over the next couple of seasons.

“Playing against the Panthers and watching them in the Finals this year, I know they’ve got something special going on and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Eisenhuth continued.

“I left Panthers as a reserve grade footy player, developed myself at another club and now I’m coming back with full confidence in my abilities as a first grader and a leader.”

First-grade opportunities would not have been too far away, only for Eisenhuth to discover that he had a tumour in his leg.

That, coupled with other injuries, made it difficult to play regularly and his career took a backseat.

The club welcomes him back and knows how tenacious Eisenhuth is based on his experiences.

“In Matt’s previous stint at Panthers, he faced significant injury challenges and a cancer diagnosis that caught everyone by surprise,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.

“The way he approached and overcame those setbacks to forge an NRL career is testament to his commitment and strength of character.”

Needing depth with the departure of some other forwards, in particular, Eisenhuth fills that void for the Panthers.

“Matt now returns to our club as an experienced NRL forward who is able to play a number of roles and big minutes if required,” Cameron continued.

“We believe he’ll be a valuable asset for the Panthers forward pack that delivered us so much success in 2020.”

Newly signed Penrith Panthers forward Matthew Eisenhuth

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