Panthers release MWZ
Penrith Panthers can confirm Malakai Watene-Zelezniak has been immediately released from the remainder of his contract to pursue an opportunity at another NRL club.
The 25-year-old winger represented the Panthers in the NYC and NSW Cup competitions before making his hard-earned NRL debut in Round 6 this year.
Malakai and younger brother Dallin fulfilled a childhood dream as they took the field together at Pepper Stadium and combined on the left edge to score a memorable try.
"Malakai is a perfect example of time and patience in the Panthers development systems," Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.
"He has worked really hard for a long period of time to develop into the player he is today.
"We could never deny him this opportunity to secure a fulltime NRL contract with another club.
"We wish Malakai all the luck in the world and we will follow his career with interest."