Blake commits his future to Panthers

Penrith Panthers is delighted to announce Waqa Blake has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the club.

The new deal means the 23-year-old centre will remain with Panthers until at least the end of the 2023 season.

"I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to commit my future to the club," Blake said.

"Panthers is home for me now and I really couldn't see myself playing anywhere else.

"I love the Panthers fans, I love my teammates and I love the culture we have here at the club.

"I've got a lot of belief in this team and what we can achieve over the next few years."

Born in Fiji but raised in Western Australia, Blake joined Panthers in 2013 and enjoyed immediate premiership success with the club's NYC side.

In 2014 he was a member of the premiership-winning Panthers NSW Cup team and he achieved his NRL debut the following year.

Blake played for the NSW City Origin side in 2015 and made his Test debut for Fiji in 2017.

His current NRL record stands at 78 appearances for a return of 33 tries.

"Waqa Blake is an outstanding young man and a tremendous success story for our club," Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.

"He graduated from the Panthers development system to establish himself as an important member of our NRL team.

"Waqa is fast developing into one of the most dangerous attacking players in the NRL.

"We firmly believe he is a representative player of the future and we are excited to know he will be with us for at least the next five seasons."