Penrith Panthers is delighted to announce Billy Burns has agreed to a contract extension with the club.
The new deal means the 20-year-old forward will remain with Panthers until at least the end of the 2022 season.
“I’m stoked to re-sign with Panthers and to be staying in Penrith for at least the next few years,” Burns said.
“I have a lot of good mates at this club and together I believe we have the potential to build something special.
“Heading into next season I’m focused on locking down a spot in the NRL side and delivering consistent performances at that level.
“I want to thank Ivan (Cleary) and everyone at Panthers for the opportunities they’ve given me to this point.”
Having played his junior rugby league with Parkes Spacemen, Burns relocated to Penrith and was a member of the club’s premiership-winning SG Ball side in 2016.
He progressed through the grades at Panthers before making his NRL debut against Sydney Roosters in Round 24 last season.
Burns’ representative honours to date include selection in the Australian Schoolboys squad in 2016 and the NSW U20s Origin side in 2018.
“It was always our intention to keep Billy at the club so we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to extend his contract until the end of 2022,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“Billy is a great example of the young talent that is emerging from our ongoing work with Rugby League development in central west NSW.
“His first two games in the NRL showcased some of the skills he brings to our squad and we look forward to watching his game develop in the seasons ahead.”