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Edwards signs long-term extension

Penrith Panthers is thrilled to announce the re-signing of fullback Dylan Edwards for a further four seasons.

Already contracted with the Panthers for the 2024 campaign, the two-time premiership-winning fullback will remain at the club until at least the end of the 2028 NRL season.

“Re-signing with the club is huge for me and my family. I’m really grateful that this club gave me my debut and then for them to show faith in me to be able to extend my stay here – which is really pleasing and I’m looking forward to it,” Edwards said.

“I want to have so much success with this club. We’ve played a lot of footy together and the future looks really exciting with the people that we’ve got here. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

A Bellingen Dorrigo Magpies junior, Edwards progressed through the junior grades at Panthers before making his NRL for the club in 2016 – an example of the built-from-within mantra of the club.

The former Junior Kangaroo was named the 2017 Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year Award in his first full NRL season, and he has gone on to play 127 first grade games.

Dylan Edwards locked in

Edwards was awarded the John Farragher Award for Courage and Determination in 2021 after playing through the NRL finals series with a broken foot.

The 27-year-old fullback was outstanding throughout the 2022 season, winning the Merv Cartwright Medal as the Panthers best and fairest and Clive Churchill Medal as the Grand Final Player of the Match.

“I’m super happy to have Dyl locked in for another four seasons,” Panthers head coach Ivan Cleary said.

It never crossed my mind to go anywhere else: Edwards

“He’s an integral part of the team – not just through how he plays the game, but also his leadership and how he helps to connect the rest of the boys.

“Dyl belongs here at Panthers. He has spent a lot of time playing with the core of our team and I am excited for what he and the team can achieve in the coming years.”

Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron congratulated Edwards on the contract extension.

“Amongst constant media speculation, Dylan and his management have been extremely professional in the way they’ve conducted negotiations, and it’s great to have the deal finalised,” Cameron said.

“Dylan embodies the qualities we value at our club seen through his hard work, courage and determination, as well as his reliability.”

“On behalf of all at the club, we are proud to call Dylan a Panther and pleased to see him remain at the club until the end of 2028.”

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.