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Hetherington granted early release

Penrith Panthers can confirm Jack Hetherington has been granted a release from the final year of his contract to join Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2021.

Hetherington arrived at Panthers in 2016 and has played 17 NRL games for the club over the last three seasons, along with six games on loan at New Zealand Warriors earlier this year.

"Jack has been offered a significant opportunity at another NRL club and we believe he’s earned the right to pursue that opportunity," Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.

"Given the limited game time we’ve been able to offer him at Panthers, the decision to grant him an early release is the right one for everyone involved.

"We thank Jack for his service to our club and wish him the best of luck with his future endeavours."

Hetherington will depart Panthers following the conclusion of the club’s 2020 NRL Finals campaign.