Penrith Panthers is delighted to announce the signing of Soni Luke on a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old hooker completed the Panthers NRL pre-season on a train-and-trial contract after spending the last five seasons in the NSW Cup competition.
"To be part of an NRL squad like this has been a goal of mine for a long time so I’m stoked to finally have this opportunity," Luke said.
"I felt like this pre-season was my last chance to make it happen so I put my head down and I’m so grateful Ivan (Cleary) has given me a shot.
"Growing up in Mt Druitt and coming through the grades, this club has always been home and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else."
A local St Marys junior, Luke progressed through the Panthers development system and was a member of the premiership-winning Panthers NYC side in 2015.
Post Game: Soni Luke
"The club is really happy that we’ve been able to secure the services of Soni for the next two seasons," Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
"Soni was an integral part of our success as he came through the Panthers system, particularly noting his man-of-the-match performance in the 2015 NYC Grand Final.
"He’s since shown considerable resilience in not only overcoming injury setbacks but also having limited opportunities to impress in lower grades due to the impact of COVID-19.
"I was in the room earlier this week when coach Ivan Cleary announced to the group that Soni was joining the top squad on a permanent basis.
"Their jubilant reaction typifies the deep connection that exists in our playing group and again highlights the strength and value of our junior development programs."