The Panthers have a long and proud connection with the Indigenous community and have been blessed to have some of the finest Indigenous rugby league players represent the club. We celebrate NRL Indigenous Round by looking back at arguably the seven best Indigenous players to have run out for the Panthers.
Ross Gigg – Panther #111
Ross Gigg was thrust in to the limelight of the top grade as a teenager and impressed so much he took out the Panthers Player of the Year award in 1975 as a 19 year old. An attacking centre blessed with natural talent, Gigg seamlessly returned to the Panthers side after a serious injury and two years away playing park football to finish his 110 game career with 31 tries.
Terry Wickey – Panther #117
Terry Wickey was a tough, no-nonsense halfback that teammates loved to play with and opposition players hated to play against. Wickey built a reputation of being one of the hardest players in the competition throughout his six seasons at the Panthers but also had plenty of skill, racking up 17 tries in 90 games.
Robbie Beckett – Panther #359
Robbie Beckett represented the Panthers from 1994 to 2001 scoring 66 tries in 144 appearances. A winger with speed to burn, Beckett also had a reputation for being calm under the high ball and a big hitter in defence who was always sure to leave his mark on his opposite man.
Sid Domic – Panther #388
Sid Domic arrived at the Panthers from Brisbane in 1997 and forged his career around being an ever-reliable and versatile backrower. He spent five seasons at the club, scoring 16 tries in 88 appearances.
Rhys Wesser – Panther #399
Rhys Wesser arrived at the club as a 19 year-old from Rockhampton and left eleven seasons later as a legend. Wesser dazzled the competition with his trademark length of the field kick returns and knack for finding the try line. The Team of Legends inductee remains the record try scorer for the Panthers with 113 and was a key part of the 2003 Premiership winning season, scoring 25 tries throughout the year.
Scott Sattler – Panther #405
Scott Sattler. That tackle. His name will forever be synonymous with the moment he ran down Roosters speedster Todd Byrne in the 2003 Premiership decider. But Sattler typified that effort on each of his 118 games in a Panthers jersey, producing nothing less than 100% over five seasons with the club.
Preston Campbell – Panther #432
NRL icon and forever a fan favourite, Preston Campbell hit the ground running in his debut season for the Panthers in 2003 as he helped lead the side to Premiership glory. He represented the club on 96 occasions racking up 43 tries, 220 goals and scoring a total of 613 points in his four seasons at the club.
Full list of Indigenous Panthers