SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Dallin Watene Zelezniak and Waqa Blake of the Panthers celebrate Blake scoring a try during the NRL Semi Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium on September 14, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Penrith Panthers have confirmed Waqa Blake has been granted a release from his contract, to pursue an opportunity with the Parramatta Eels.

The 24-year-old has played 88 NRL games for the club, making his senior debut in 2015.

Before that, he won back-to-back premierships with Penrith as a member of the club’s NYC side in 2013 and NSW Cup side in 2014.

“Panthers was initially approached by Parramatta to express their interest in acquiring the services of Waqa Blake,” Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher told the club’s website.

“Ultimately it was a difficult decision to grant Waqa’s release but it will assist the management of our salary cap moving forward.

“We extend our sincere thanks to Waqa for his contribution at Panthers and wish him the best of luck for the future.”


  1. Should have been a condition in his contract that he must remove the poodle from on top of his head.

  2. How come Panthers letting him go.
    He hasn’t got a “risque” video about to come out………………………………………………………………………………………..has he?

  3. At least Parramatta are signing players who are young and still have plenty to offer.
    Not washed up players like in the past like A Watmough and B Scott
    A quick fix is never the answer. Signings of Jr Paulo and S Lane now W Blake there heading in a better direction.

    I think we need two more big boppers and that’s it
    I’d be going after RCG and Welch would be good
    Next year

    1: C Gutherson ( c )
    2: M Sivo
    3: M Jennings
    4: W Blake
    5: B Ferguson
    6: D Brown
    7: M Moses
    8: Jr Paulo
    9: R Mahoney
    10: R Campbell Gillard
    11: S Lane
    12: M Nuikore
    13: N Brown

    14: C Welch
    15: M Mau
    16: P Terepo
    17: J Salmon

    18: T Moeroa
    19: S Utoikamanu
    20: O Kaufusi
    21: E Parry
    22: K Evans
    23: S Faaniga
    24: W Smith
    25: D Alvaro

    That’s a top 8 side with some good depth

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