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Panthers hold on to four-try hero Staines

Penrith have fended off rivals like Canterbury to re-sign gifted rookie winger Charlie Staines on a three-year deal.The new deal means the 20-year-old outside back has committed to Panthers until at least the end of the 2023 season.Staines’ signature is significant for Penrith given his standout form in his maiden NRL season.He scored four tries…

Penrith have fended off rivals like Canterbury to re-sign gifted rookie winger Charlie Staines on a three-year deal.

The new deal means the 20-year-old outside back has committed to Panthers until at least the end of the 2023 season.

Staines’ signature is significant for Penrith given his standout form in his maiden NRL season.

He scored four tries on NRL debut in Round 9 this season and followed it with another two tries in his second game in Round 12.

Staines felt a debt of gratitude to Penrith for giving him his first opportunity in the first-grade ranks.

“Panthers has done so much for me and my family, so it feels good to repay that faith they’ve shown in me,” Staines said.

“I took my time to consider all options but at the end of the day my heart is here in Penrith and I’m very happy to re-sign.

“There’s such a special bond that all the players and staff have here. It feels like a big family.

“Wherever I can fit into this team moving forward, I’ll play, because I just want to be a part of it.”

Hailing from Forbes in Central West NSW, Staines first joined Panthers as a member of the club’s SG Ball squad in 2018.

The following year he made his senior debut in the Canterbury Cup competition and was named NSWRL Jersey Flegg Player of the Year.

Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron believes Staines’ re-signing is a testament to the club’s focus on development.

“Charlie has progressed through the Panthers development pathways and typifies our club’s guiding principle of ‘built from within’,” Cameron said.

“His brief foray in the NRL earlier this year gave us a glimpse of what he has to offer.

“Given the significant interest from other parties in the NRL, we’re excited that Charlie has decided to commit to our club for the next three years.

“Our consistent message throughout the process has been that we feel the Panthers environment will allow Charlie to continue to grow into the player and the person that we know he can be.

“We’re extremely pleased that he has arrived at that same conclusion and look forward to watching him develop in the years ahead.”

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