Panthers help launch OAK Plus
The mysterious OAK Plus was finally revealed at Pepper Stadium last Friday as OAK General Manager David Pitt applauded the club for its culture and discipline.
OAK Plus, which appears on the front of the Panthers 2017 jersey range, is a new product specially designed to assist sports recovery and muscle repair.
It is high in protein, with 30 grams of protein per serve, while also being low in fat and featuring reduced sugar content to help athletes of all ability train and perform at their peak.
Speaking on Channel Nine's NRL coverage, Mr Pitt took the opportunity to voice OAK's support of the club decision to drop three players for breaching team protocols in Melbourne.
"It has been an amazing six years [with the Panthers]," Mr Pitt said.
"[There's a] great culture at the club. I think we saw that again this week when they had to make some tough decisions.
"As a sponsor we applaud it and we absolutely respect what they're doing."
Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said the role OAK plays in the success of the Panthers can not be understated.
"OAK are not just sponsors of our club. Yes, they have been wonderful corporate partners for Panthers. However they are so much more to us," Gould said.
"We regard everyone from OAK as friends of our club and a big part of our Panthers family.
"It's heartening, but also not surprising, to hear OAK General Manager David Pitt commend the culture here at Panthers and applaud the disciplinary stance taken by our club last week.
"David and Parmalat CEO Craig Garvin have been hugely supportive of our club since our partnership first began.
"I can tell you that both these gentlemen have been wonderful mentors to me personally. I am forever grateful. We as a club have benefited greatly from their talent, knowledge and experience.
"We love being the OAK Plus Panthers."