Competition - NRL Premiership Round. Round - Round 23. Teams - Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers. Date - 14th of August 2016. Venue - Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, NSW. Photographer - Paul Barkley.

Penrith Panthers can confirm prop Jeremy Latimore has been immediately released from the remainder of his contract to pursue an opportunity with another NRL club.

The 29-year-old played 75 games for the Panthers after joining the club ahead of the 2013 season.

“It's too easy sometimes to say that Rugby League is a business and we just have to make decisions and move on,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.

“But some decisions really do suck. This one sucks.

“We are really disappointed to be losing Jeremy. He has been wonderful for our club both on and off the field. We can't thank him enough for the contribution he has made during his four seasons at the Panthers.

“We wish Jeremy well and will follow the remainder of his career with great interest  He will always be welcome at our club.”

Latimore set an outstanding example in his time at the Panthers and was the club’s nominee for the 2015 Ken Stephen Medal – recognition of his dedication to community initiatives.

Earlier this year he obtained a Bachelor of Business from the University of Wollongong, having successfully juggled his studies with football and family commitments since 2012.

Latimore was a member of the NRL Academic Team of the Year in 2014 and again in 2016.