Penrith Panthers is delighted to announce forward Pat Hollis has been upgraded to the club’s NRL development list.
Previously on a train-and-trial contract, the promotion allows Hollis to keep training with the 32-man NRL squad in accordance with the current protocols.
The 27-year-old Windsor Wolves junior said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working towards his goal of an NRL debut.
“I’ve played footy for a long time now but this is the best opportunity I’ve ever had and I want to make the most of it,” Hollis said.
“Panthers has always been my home club and the club I grew up following, which makes signing this deal even more special.
“It’s my ultimate goal to earn an NRL debut and this is just another exciting step in the right direction.”
In The Bubble: Hollis signs NRL deal
Hollis first pulled on Panthers colours as a member of the club’s SG Ball side in 2012 and was part of the premiership-winning Panthers NYC squad in 2013.
However he only managed sporadic reserve grade appearances over the next two years, followed by a season with Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Queensland Cup.
Hollis returned to Sydney, plying his trade in the Ron Massey Cup, before his NRL aspirations were suddenly revived with an outstanding season for St Marys last year.
He was crowned Ron Massey Cup Player of the Year while also earning eight appearances for Panthers in the Canterbury Cup.
Training begins inside The Bubble
“It’s great to see Pat’s journey with Panthers come full circle,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“His recent progression into our NRL squad highlights the importance of the development pathway we have built with St Marys.
“The way Pat balanced the demands of full-time training with his work opportunities during the pre-season is testament to his character and his commitment.”