Campbell-Gillard granted release by Panthers

Penrith Panthers can confirm Reagan Campbell-Gillard has been granted an immediate release from his contract to pursue an opportunity at Parramatta Eels.

The 26-year-old prop was a member of the premiership-winning Panthers NYC side in 2013 and made his NRL debut in 2015.

Campbell-Gillard played 114 NRL games in his time at the club, while also making his Origin debut for NSW and his international debut for Australia.

“Earlier this year Parramatta approached our club to express an interest in acquiring Reagan’s services,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.

“After lengthy discussions between Panthers, Reagan’s management and Reagan himself, a mutually agreed position was reached.

“The decision to grant this release was not taken lightly. Management of the club’s salary cap is a detailed and complex exercise that at times requires difficult decisions to be made to ensure sustainability.

“While it is always disappointing to see local juniors leave Panthers, this outcome provides our club with crucial salary cap flexibility not only next year but also in future years.

“As a club we thank Reagan for his service and wish him the best of luck moving forward.”