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Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM wishes to make the following statement:

"On behalf of everyone here at Panthers, I just wanted to add to our earlier press release regarding the departure of player Te Maire Martin.

"We really feel a need to say these words.

"Te Maire Martin is an outstanding young man, of impeccable character, and extremely popular with everyone at this club.

"During his time here at Panthers I could not fault Te Maire's honesty or integrity. He displayed a wonderful work ethic, constantly looking to improve his game.

"I know everyone at Panthers is sorry to see Te Maire leave, however, we understand his new club will provide a wonderful opportunity for his development as an NRL player. His new club has recruited a terrific young man and a very talented young footballer.

"I know I speak for every single person in our club, from our Board, Management, coaches, staff and all our players, in wishing Te Maire all the best for the future.

"We will all follow his career with great interest and we will be cheering for him every time he plays."

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.