A lot of people were sceptical when Phil Gould announced his 5 year plan for the Panthers.

 

He was taking on a club that was struggling to perform on and off the field, vowing to turn it around and make it a premiership winning and profitable organisation.

 

That was two years ago. By all accounts, he’s now well and truly on his way to achieving that goal. And today’s announcement that he’s agreed to stay on at Panthers for the next four years has cemented his long term commitment to the west.

 

“I am delighted to be extending my association with the Panthers until the end of the 2017 season.

I would like to thank Chairman Don Feltis and his Board for offering me this opportunity. They have been wonderfully supportive during the past two and a half years”

 

“I would also like to thank Panthers Group CEO Warren Wilson and Club General Manager Sue McNeil for their guidance and support through what has been a very challenging, but rewarding period”

 

“The past two years has seen a lot of people in this club working extremely hard to make Panthers the best it can be. We are here to support the community of Penrith and to propagate the game of rugby league in our vast junior league area. We take these responsibilities very seriously”

 

“Much of what has been done during this period has been setting the foundations in place to ensure a strong and healthy future. We are now working hard to build a bigger and better Panthers. That work will be ongoing and never-ending. The road to success is always under construction”

 

“We still have a long way to go, but I’m confident we now have the right people and the right systems in place to ensure a successful future for both Panthers Group and the football club”

 

“Panthers remains dedicated to assisting our community and helping Penrith develop into the best regional City in the country”

 

“There are exciting times ahead for this city and our club, both on and off the field”