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Panthers brightest youngsters commit to Panthers

Penrith Panthers is delighted to announce the re-signings of talented young players Jack Cole, Isaiah Iongi, Jesse McLean and Harrison Hassett.

The Panthers quartet have all re-signed with the club until the end of the 2025 season.

The contract extensions will see the four players train with the NRL squad on a full-time capacity throughout the 2023 season.

Cole has committed to the club following a stellar 2022 season, in which he made his NRL debut for the Panthers in Round 25 against North Queensland.

As well as representing New South Wales in the under-19s clash, the playmaker was named the NSWRL Jersey Flegg Player of the Year and helped the Panthers to premiership success in the NSW Cup.

Queensland representative Iongi also featured in the under-19s Origin fixture in 2022 and was named the Panthers Jersey Flegg Player of the Year.

The fullback played for both the Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup sides in 2022, as well as training with the NRL squad.

McLean had a breakout 2022 season, which saw him named in the Australian Schoolboys side.

The outside back scored a double in the SG Ball Grand Final, including the match-winning try, and claimed the Panthers SG Ball Emerging Talent Award.

Hassett was also selected in the Australian Schoolboys squad and was named the Panthers SG Ball Player of the Year after impressing throughout 2022.

The backrower played in both SG Ball and Jersey Flegg grand finals, and decided it would be most beneficial to develop his rugby league career at the Panthers.

“It’s always rewarding to see Panthers Pathways players remain at the club despite receiving offers from other clubs,” Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron said.

“Jack, Isaiah, Jesse and Harrison were all impressive throughout the 2022 season and thoroughly deserve their contract extensions.”

“Not only are they talented rugby league players, but they are also great young men who are dedicated to their careers.”

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.