Penrith Panthers is delighted to announce playmaker Matt Burton has signed an upgraded deal which sees him promoted to the club’s top 30 squad.
Previously on an NRL development contract, the promotion ensures Burton is available for NRL selection from the beginning of this season.
The 19-year-old Dubbo junior has committed to Panthers until the end of 2021.
“To join the club’s top 30 list is an exciting moment for me and I’m really grateful for the opportunity,” Burton said.
“The last 12 months has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
“My focus is now on doing the work needed to earn a spot in the NRL team and I’m really optimistic about what we can achieve as a club this season.”
Burton ready to realise lifelong dream
Burton enjoyed a spectacular season in 2019 after starting the year in the Panthers Jersey Flegg squad while also working part-time as a teacher’s aide.
He achieved his senior debut in the Canterbury Cup before scoring two tries in a man-of-the-match performance for NSW in the U20s State of Origin clash.
In Round 21 he announced his arrival in the NRL, making a memorable debut alongside teammates Stephen Crichton and Spencer Leniu in a 26-20 upset win over Cronulla Sharks.
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“Matt has quickly progressed through our junior development system and played well at every level to this point,” Panthers Head Coach Ivan Cleary said.
“His performance on NRL debut showed he possesses both the skill and the temperament required to handle the challenge of first grade.
“If Matt continues to work hard, we are confident he will enjoy a successful career in the NRL.”
As part of the Panthers Bushfire Auction, Burton has teamed up with Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai to offer NRL fans the chance to bid for a one-hour kicking session with the Panthers playmakers.
To place a bid before the auction ends this Sunday or to see the other unique experiences up for grabs, please visit: http://bit.ly/FireFundsAuction