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BATHURST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30:  Leilani Latu of the Panthers celebrates victory during the round nine NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canberra Raiders at Carrington Park on April 30, 2016 in Bathurst, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Penrith Panthers are delighted to announce Leilani Latu has signed a new deal to remain with the club until at least the end of the 2020 season.

The 23-year-old prop forward was already committed to the Panthers until the end of 2017 but this week agreed to a further three-year extension.

"Leilani Latu is the shining example of what perseverance can bring," Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.

"Restricted by injury in the early part of his career, Leilani has worked really hard to now establish himself as a representative class forward.

"It’s just further justification of the club's strong investment in a reserve grade development pathway here at the Panthers.

"It's wonderful that Leilani will now be with us for the next four seasons."

Latu joined the Panthers in 2014 and was a member of the premiership-winning NSW Cup side that year. He made his long-awaited NRL debut in Round 21, 2015, and earned selection for the Indigenous All Stars and NSW City Origin sides earlier this season.

"It’s great to have committed my future to the Panthers," Latu said.

"I love this club and I know that with the players and the staff we have here, we’re building towards something special.

"The Panthers gave me a second chance at a career in rugby league and I’m so relieved to be in a position to repay that faith."

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.