Digital Image by Robb Cox ©nrlphotos.com: Lewis Brown :NRL Rugby League - Round 21, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs V Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium, Friday August 1st 2014.

Penrith Panthers can confirm forward Lewis Brown will depart the club at the end of the season to take up a three-year deal with the Manly Sea Eagles.

Panthers Executive General Manager rugby league Phil Gould AM made the following statement:

"Media reports regarding Panther player Lewis Brown's new deal with the Manly club are disappointing and misleading.

Panthers advised Lewis Brown some time ago that salary cap pressure meant he should seek other opportunities.

Lewis had received interest from several clubs. I personally recommended Lewis to Bob Fulton as a player who'd given us great service.

I am extremely happy for Lewis that he has secured his future with a great new deal at a great club like Manly. He thoroughly deserves it.

He has been wonderful for the Panthers. Unfortunately salary cap rules dictate that we can't keep them all."