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Jenkins commits to Panthers

Penrith Panthers is delighted to announce Thomas Jenkins has signed a two-year contract extension with the club.

The new deal will see the 20-year-old outside back join the Panthers NRL development list in 2022 and the club’s top 30 roster in 2023.

"I’m so excited to stay at Panthers for the next couple of years and hopefully more years after that," Jenkins said.

"Penrith is home for me now and I love everything about the club and the people here.

"I’m keen to keep developing as a player and a person and I believe Panthers is the best place to do it.

"I know the club’s culture and professionalism will give me every opportunity to realise my full potential."

Panthers Recruitment Manager Jim Jones with Thomas Jenkins.
Panthers Recruitment Manager Jim Jones with Thomas Jenkins. ©Panthers Media

Hailing from Boorowa in the Hilltops Region of southern NSW, Jenkins first made the move to Panthers ahead of the 2020 season.

However the cancellation of the state representative competitions due to COVID-19 saw him return home to play Group 9 First Grade for his junior club Young Cherrypickers.

Back in Panthers colours this season, Jenkins has scored 11 tries in ten appearances across the Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup competitions.

Thomas Jenkins celebrates after scoring in the Round 9 NSW Cup clash against Newtown Jets.
Thomas Jenkins celebrates after scoring in the Round 9 NSW Cup clash against Newtown Jets. ©Panthers Media

"Tom is a promising young footballer with the versatility to play wing, centre and fullback," Panthers Elite Player Development Manager Ben Harden said.

"We’ve been impressed with the way he handled the setback of last season and the challenge of training with the NRL squad this pre-season.

"As a club we’re invested in providing meaningful programs and pathways for players in country regions and Tom is yet another example of that commitment."