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Momirovski joins Panthers as Laurie departs

Penrith Panthers is delighted to confirm Paul Momirovski has joined the club on a two-year deal after being released by Wests Tigers.

The signing of the 24-year-old centre is part of an arrangement that has seen Daine Laurie granted an immediate release from his Panthers contract to join Wests Tigers, with the clubs to complete the necessary paperwork in the coming days.

Laurie, who made his NRL debut last season, had previously signed with the joint-venture club for 2022.

Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron heralded Momirovski’s arrival at Panthers as a significant boost for the club ahead of the 2021 NRL season.

“It’s always sad to see a player we’ve developed leave the club however Paul is a talented young footballer and we’re thrilled this arrangement has allowed us to secure his services for the next two seasons,” Cameron said.

“Our club has been very strong regarding the circumstances under which we would entertain releasing a player ahead of time. This is clearly one such instance.

Paul Momirovski evades the Warriors defence in Round 7, 2020.
Paul Momirovski evades the Warriors defence in Round 7, 2020. ©NRL Imagery

“Paul's previous experience at the Roosters and Storm means he understands what winning culture looks and feels like, and the work it takes to get there.

“As shown by our club’s performances in 2020, that’s the culture we have strived to cultivate at Panthers.

“We believe Paul is ready to take the next step in his career and we’re excited he’ll have the opportunity to do it in Panthers colours.”

Momirovski has already been a member of two premiership-winning squads, at Sydney Roosters in 2018 and on loan at Melbourne Storm last season.

The Alexandria Rovers junior has scored 14 tries in his 19 NRL appearances.

Paul Momirovski celebrates with Cameron Smith in Round 11, 2020.
Paul Momirovski celebrates with Cameron Smith in Round 11, 2020. ©NRL Imagery

“I’m excited to be joining Panthers and can’t wait to start training with the guys,” Momirovski said.

“What the team achieved last season shows how much talent there is at the club. It’s great to know I’ll be part of it for the next two years.

“For now I’m focused on working hard at training to continually improve and set myself up to play some consistent footy for the club.”