The Penrith Panthers have moved swiftly to secure Moses Leota, handing him a contract extension until the end of 2024.
The new two-year deal will see the crux of the Panthers’ side stay together for several more seasons.
Leota has emerged as a good foil for the Panthers more experienced forwards and says that the foot of the mountain is the place for him.
“I’m extremely grateful to re-sign and have the opportunity to continue my career as a Panther,” Leota said.
“I’m humbled to have the support of everyone at the club and to know that they believe in me.
“This new deal means a lot to me and my family because this club is our home. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
New Zealand-born Leota was a part of the Panthers junior pathways and a member of the club’s NYC premiership side in 2015.
He then debuted in the NRL in 2016 and has never looked back, and the club knows how important he is to their side.
“Moses is another great example of the ‘built from within’ culture we have cultivated at Panthers, dating back to when Ivan (Cleary) started at the club in 2012,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“Over the years we have watched Moses develop into an accomplished first-grade footballer.”
“He has always embraced hard work and epitomises many of the character traits we value at our club.”