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AUS v NZ action :Digital Image Grant Trouville © NRLphotos  : 2015 NRL REP Round - ANZAC TEST : AUSTRALIA v New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane, Sunaday the 3rd 2015.

Penrith Panthers are delighted to announce the signing of outside back Peta Hiku until the end of the 2018 season.

The arrival of the New Zealand international on a three-year deal adds both strength and experience to the Panthers backline ahead of the club’s historic 50th season in 2016.

"The Panthers are delighted to secure the services of such a well-credentialed representative class player as Peta Hiku," Panthers Executive General Manger Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.

"We are indeed fortunate that Peta became available at this stage of the year. He will perfectly complement the emerging young players we have here at Panthers.

"The fact that Peta, at a young age, has forced his way into that tremendous Manly backline and has performed so well on the international stage for the Kiwis is indicative of his tremendous ability.

"At 23 years of age he obviously has the best of his career in front of him and we are excited he is going to be a Panther for the next three years."

Hiku made his NRL debut with Manly in 2013 and played more than 60 games for the Sea Eagles over the last three seasons.

The 23-year-old also starred for the Kiwis throughout their successful 2014 Four Nations tournament and represented New Zealand again on their recent tour of Great Britain.

Hiku will commence pre-season training with the Panthers in January.

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.