Penrith Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo will depart the club following the 2022 NRL season.
Ciraldo will remain at the Panthers for the remainder of the season before taking up the NRL head coach position at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Ciraldo joined Panthers as a player in 2012 under the coaching of Ivan Cleary before continuing his career as a coach following his retirement in 2013.
He became the assistant coach of the club’s under-20s team in 2014 before progressing to the NYC head coach role, and then later became an NRL assistant coach.
Ciraldo had the opportunity of coaching the current crop of NRL players when they were at the under-20s level, and has been a key factor in the career progression of a number of representative players.
Ciraldo was also influential in helping the Panthers reach back-to-back NRL grand finals, including the 2021 premiership, and was responsible for the club boasting the best defensive record in the competition over the past two seasons.
“On behalf of all at Panthers, we would like to congratulate Cameron for his appointment as an NRL head coach,” Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron said.
“Although we’re saddened to see Cameron depart the club at the end of the season, we’re thrilled to see him progress to the next chapter of his NRL coaching career.
“A highly-respected member of the coaching staff, Cameron has played his part in making our club a source of community pride, and was influential in providing an environment for players to thrive.
“We wish Cameron, his wife Kim and their children all the best in the next chapter of their lives, but we are excited for him to finish the season at Panthers.”