PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: Reagan Campbell-Gillard of the Panthers runs the ball during the round 19 NRL match between the Panthers and Raiders at Panthers Stadium on July 28, 2019 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Parramatta has confirmed the signature of star Penrith forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard on a huge five-year deal.

Campbell-Gillard will join the Eels in 2020, with his new deal taking him through until the end of the 2024 campaign.

Parramatta Eels General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill was thrilled with the signing, telling the club’s website it’s the next step in building out a strong roster.

“We’re continuing to build our roster and the addition of Reagan, a representative forward, is a great fit for our team,” O’Neill said.

Campbell-Gillard has played 114 games for the Panthers since debuting in 2015, and has also represented New South Wales and Australia.


  1. RCG Paulo and Brown make a solid middle for Parra. They already have a really good backline with Gutho Fergo Jennings Blake and Sivo. They have a really strong team.

    Think maybe they should just get in some solid cheap vets to fill out there team. Such as Aiden Guerra, Alex Glenn and Herman Ese’ese.

  2. 1: C Gutherson
    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: K Evans
    15: D Alvaro
    16: R Stone
    17: P Terepo

    I would go after T Sipley ( from manly cheap very big 120kg )
    Also F Brown ( bulldogs back up hooker n half )
    And A Glenn ( broncos 2nd rower )
    Maybe L Perret from manly

  3. Yep what ever is happening out at Penrith is still happening. Players are leaving left right and centre. They really need a coach like Flanigan to get the place in order.

  4. A monster deal. I hope he’s better than an off the bench player for Parramatta then.
    Penrith’s been outplayed by other better forward packs for the last 3 years before this year . In finals & during the normal rounds . This year it was even worse.
    Campbell- Gillard was a big part of all of that as well.
    He could have been very good. Now, not so sure about that.

  5. William77 was your mouth out with soap Shane Flannagan is a cheat. EastodDivide, in my opinion, two broken jaws, and back, has no doubt played on RCG. I wish him well.

  6. The “monster deal” reflects the remaining terms of RCG’s Panthers contract, being $800k p.a for a further 5 years. Parra isn’t paying all of that, but he’ll still be getting it, and he’ll be playing for Parra.
    Thanks again.

  7. For what it’s worth I heard we are paying 500k per season for the next 5 years and Penrith are paying 300k per season for the next 5 years.
    Very good deal for a representative forward.
    Also heard he was very unhappy especially under Cleary.
    Will step up next season and we will finally have a top forward pack to go with one of, if not the best backline in the NRL.
    Welcome aboard RCG.
    JWH to join Penrith.

  8. Parramatta has been going along trying to buy props all over the place Kev & Eels. None of them wanted to sign there. They Offered Lodge mega bucks.
    It wasn’t the choice of Gillard to leave Penrith. They thought he was paid way too much , for what he offered.
    Parramatta are paying big bucks , just to get a prop from somewhere, that people know & hope he’ll be good?
    I hear they are paying all the money! 👍

  9. I agree with P18, very hard to come back from two broken jaws. It was very evident when running the ball up and turning his back just before impact but I thought his last game he turned the corner. Had an outstanding game.
    I think this will be an excellent signing for Parramatta.

  10. EOD, yes we are keen to sign forwards, and big front rowers in particular. You need only look at our bench for today to see why, with only Evans being out, although I think we’ll bring Terepo in, and adding to that we losing some (forwards in general) this season.
    I’m glad (genuinely) we didn’t get G. Burgess, but Lodge would have been good. That said, I think he still owes the Bronco’s, and that probably played a pert.
    I don’t know exactly how much we are paying for RCG, but I’m sure you’re kicking in, and a fair chuck.
    Watch this space, we will be signing a few more forwards,

  11. @manwart
    I think you’ll find that Parra has done better than manly on recruitment recently. Sivo top try scorer and Fergo the beast for example.
    They finished the season in front of manly as well i.diot
    Good luck today Eels !

  12. Eels.. Everyone likes to think the club players come from is paying part of a big new deal. Sometimes it may be that way? As it was a mutually agreed release from Penrith for Gillard, I’m pretty sure for a few reasons, that Parramatta’s paying the lot for this one.
    As Penrith does have some good props coming through like young NSW prop Leniu & former young Cowboys forward Lui-Toso . Not that worried about this. You have to bring some players through & release others some times.
    I bet there are also quite a few players at Wentworthville, that would now like a chance at Penrith. As Parramatta disregard them to buy other players.
    If they add a bit of experience there like Welch . They’ll be fine.
    Notice I didn’t say Hargreaves. As who would want to mention him..
    One things for sure, Penrith have plenty of money to spend now.
    The backs are more of a worry than the forwards. Especially when Whare , Mansour should also be axed.

  13. EOD, lets for get about who’s paying what for RCG, because I’m sure neither know exactly what that amount is, if anything.
    We need some big experienced forwards. We are losing 4 (confirmed, and maybe another) experienced forwards, 3 of which were long term 1 club players, and let’s face it, we didn’t have the strongest forward pack to begin with.
    I think, and obviously hope, RCG will return to form, and if he does, that’s a huge pick up for us, but we still need a couple more.
    We’ve given 3-4 players their FG debut this year, as we did last year, and most are making the most of that opportunity. That’s good for us, and good for the sport, and we’ll probably do the same next year, but we’ve still got to get the mix right.
    So far we’ve picked up a total of 2 players (counting Blake) for next season.

  14. Well.., I wish the Eels well today. All the teams from the west need some encouragement. It’s been a long time since any of them have won anything.

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