Penrith Panthers can confirm Josh Mansour has been granted an immediate release from the final year of his contract to pursue an opportunity at another NRL club.
The 30-year-old winger made his NRL debut for Panthers in 2012 and played 158 games for the club.
"On and off the field, Josh has given great service to our club over a long period of time," Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
"He’s been an ever-popular member of our squad, a favourite with the fans and has proven the strength of his character in overcoming several serious injuries.
"As difficult as this parting of ways may be, it’s out of respect for Josh that we felt so strongly about giving him the opportunity to seek a starting NRL spot at another club in 2021.
"We thank Josh for his service to Panthers and wish him, his wife Daniella and their young family all the very best for the future."
Mansour says goodbye to Panthers
During his time at Panthers, Mansour played seven games for Australia and made three Origin appearances for NSW.
"While this isn’t an ending I ever envisaged, I’ve made peace with the decision and I’m ready to move forward with a new challenge,” Mansour said.
"I want to thank the club and the fans for their incredible support through the ups and downs of the last nine years.
"I’m so grateful for every moment and everything Panthers has given me and my family.
"Whatever the future holds, I’ll always consider myself a Panther and be proud of what I achieved at the club."
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary also paid tribute to the immense contribution of Mansour during his time at Panthers.
"I have fond memories of giving Josh his NRL debut back in 2012," Cleary said.
"The fact that 80 players have made their first grade debuts for Penrith since that day is testament to just how significant Josh's service to our club has been.
"He's held in high regard by everyone at Panthers and we wish him and his family the best of luck moving forward."