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Kepaoa joins Panthers, Lisati departs

Penrith Panthers can confirm that Asu ‘AJ’ Kepaoa will join the club, while Ativalu Lisati will depart the Panthers to take up an offer with another NRL club – both with immediate effect.

After being granted an immediate release from Wests Tigers, Kepaoa has signed with the Panthers until the end of the 2025 season.

24-year-old Kepaoa has played 42 NRL matches since making his first grade debut in 2020.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome AJ to the club,” Panthers General Manager of Football Shane Elford said.

“AJ is a talented player who we believe will flourish in the Panthers system, and we have confidence this signing will have a positive impact on both him and our club.”

Meanwhile, 23-year-old forward Lisati will depart the Panthers after taking up an offer with another NRL club.

Lisati was a key member of the club’s NSW Cup team over the past three seasons and played an influential role in the side’s 2022 premiership victory.

“Valu has been a great player for our club over the past few years, and made a positive impact on those around him,” Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron said.

“On behalf of all at Panthers, I’d like to thank Valu for his service and wish him all the best for the future.”

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.