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Panthers re-sign promising young forwards

Penrith Panthers is pleased to announce that Ativalu Lisati and Liam Henry have both signed two-year contract extensions with the club.

The exciting young duo will be promoted to NRL Development Players in 2023 before both progressing to the top 30 in 2024.

Lisati and Henry have both been integral members of the club’s pathways teams over the past couple of seasons, and have both featured for the NSW Cup team in 2022.

“On behalf of all at Panthers, I’d like to congratulate both Ativalu and Liam on re-signing with the club for the next two seasons,” Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron said.

“Having played for club’s Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup teams, Ativalu and Liam have developed into not only quality rugby league players, but also quality men off the field.”

Ativalu Lisati and Jim Jones
Ativalu Lisati and Jim Jones

Born in New Zealand, Lisati moved to Australia as a teenager to play rugby league for Ipswich State High School before linking up with the Panthers in 2019.

The 21-year-old backrower has played for the club’s pathways teams over the past couple of year, and is now eager to take his game to a new level following an injury setback and COVID interruptions.

“I’m always grateful for what the club has done for me, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to re-sign with the Panthers,” Lisati said.

“It’s always an honour to pull on the Panthers colours. Penrith is always going to be my first home and I’m so thankful to be here at the club for the next two years.”

Jim Jones and Liam Henry
Jim Jones and Liam Henry

A Blayney Bears junior, Henry has also committed his future to the Panthers after playing for the club’s pathways teams over the past two seasons.

The 20-year-old prop trained with the Panthers NRL squad during pre-season before linking up with Peter Wallace’s NSW Cup side.

“I’m stoked to sign this contract with the Panthers and have the opportunity to continue my career with the club,” Henry said.

“There are a lot of country boys at the club, so that makes it extra special for me to remain at the Panthers.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.