Panthers is proud to unveil the 2018 Panthers Indigenous Jersey - an artistic tribute to the Indigenous history, geography and culture of the Penrith area and regional NSW.
The jersey was designed by Panther No.313 Glen Liddiard, who holds the position of Panthers Indigenous Welfare Officer, and in 2016 was named Club Person of the Year.
While largely inheriting the design of last year's jersey, the 2018 jersey features the totem of the Wiradjuri region on the chest. It is recognition of Panthers' commitment to fostering Rugby League talent in regional NSW.
Panthers first took an NRL game to Bathurst in 2014 and recently signed a commitment to play an annual NRL fixture at Carrington Park until at least 2028.
The club's highly-regarded Regional Academy Program sees junior talent and regional coaches engaged through regular clinics and courses held in Bathurst, Dubbo and Forbes.
Panthers players to have come from the Waradjuri region include current NRL star Tyrone Peachey and former players Jamie Soward and Robbie Beckett.
The 2018 Panthers Indigenous Jersey will be worn by the Panthers as they face Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday 11th May, 2018.
In the words of Glen Liddiard:
"The 2018 Panthers Indigenous Jersey was designed to show the landscape of the Darug Nation and showcase our relationship with regional NSW."Glen Liddiard Panthers Indigenous Welfare Officer
"From the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains and across the Nepean to the Cumberland Plains. To Wisemans Ferry in the North and Camden in the South, this is Darug Land.
"On the front of the jersey you can see the Three Sisters and the meeting and ceremonial place. And also where the Darug people traded with other nations from all over the land.
"Then there is the Nepean River which was a big part of the Darug people's lives. This is where a lot of the resources came from and it was big part of everyday living - fish, crayfish, birds, water and other animals that would come to drink water. It was very plentiful hunting ground.
"The design on the back of the jersey is Panthers Stadium and around it is all the other tribes that come together to celebrate our team. It also represents all the other nations that come to this land to reside, work or visit family. Darug Land has more Indigenous people living there than any other place in the country.
"I know the players will wear the jersey with pride and respect for elders both past and present."