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Papali’i to join Panthers

Penrith Panthers is delighted to announce that international forward Isaiah Papali’i has agreed to terms to join the club on a three-year deal.

The New Zealand international will join the club ahead of the 2025 NRL season and will remain in Panthers colours until at least the end of 2027.

Since making his NRL debut in 2017, Papali’i has played 148 first grade games for the Warriors, Eels and Wests Tigers.

The 25-year-old, who was named the Dally M Second Rower of the Year in 2021, has represented New Zealand on 10 occasions and played one Test match for Toa Samoa in 2018.

“We’re thrilled to have secured Isaiah’s services for the next three seasons,” Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron said.

“Not only does Isaiah bring a wealth of experience and leadership capabilities to our club, but he’s also a world-class forward who has proven himself at the highest level.”

“Isaiah is a talented player, displaying not only exceptional skills but also a great attitude and work ethic,” Panthers General Manager of Rugby League Shane Elford said.

“We believe he will thrive in the Panthers system and we're eager to see his continued career progression at our club.”

Out of respect to his current club, Panthers will not make further comment at this stage.

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.