SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - APRIL 03: Bryce Cartwright of the Panthers celebrates with team mate Dallin Watene-Zelezniak after scoring the winning try during the round five NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at Pirtek Stadium on April 3, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Penrith Panthers can confirm Bryce Cartwright has been released from the remainder of his contract with the club to pursue another opportunity in the NRL.

The 23-year-old played 69 games and scored 16 tries for the Panthers after making his NRL debut in 2014.

“It’s obviously disappointing to be releasing a player like Bryce Cartwright, however, we appreciate his desire to seek such a change,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.

“We hope that this move proves successful for Bryce, both on and off the field.

“Hopefully sometime in the future he finds his way back to Panthers.

“We wish Bryce and his young family all the very best.”


  1. I didn’t see this coming. I feel sorry for Panthers fans, they deserve better than seeing two of their star juniors walk out on the club (Moylan being the other).

    P.S. It really annoys me that contracts don’t get honoured. The NRL needs to stop this, it happens too often.

    • Rumour has it that Bryce had received death threats, and that his home was vandalized. All this is believable considering the drama with his now deceased former girlfriend.

  2. As i wrote about the success of teams and their winning formula – this is not a good distraction for the pennies.
    Not a bad pick up for the Titans though considering his relationship with the coach.

  3. I cant imagine the Pathers letting him go without having a use for the coin lined up.

    Given the Doggies recent purchases, and their alleged cap situation, that would appear to be logical / likely place to start.

    Parra’s also got some coin to spend, and a couple of spare spots, so we’re still in the market, and were not alone.

    Maybe we’re in for a last minute player merry go round before season kick off.

  4. What happened to Garth agreeing not to take any panthers players? Was it an agreement for juniors only or players aswell? But the titans are looking good!

  5. Some panthers not buying into the Griff style of coaching ?
    Are there any others ?
    If they lose 4 on the trot i reckon Gus will call Des.

      • Maybe a Mary/Griff swap mid year if you both have a string of losses ??
        Good to see all the (real) Saints fans still on here Pedro.
        Sounds like the Munster v Hunt games will be very interesting.

    • Des is more George Jetson than a potential sidekick for Fred Flintstone. He belongs more to the future than the stone age. The Panthers are hardly going to set the competition alight with a coach like Barney Rubble. They haven’t even discovered fire yet! Bahahahahahahahahahahaha

  6. Can’t agree that he is over-rated. He carved up in 2016 and we’re kidding ourselves if we didn’t realise that external factors played a big part in his 2017 season. We all know he has skill you can’t teach.

    But there is ghosts for this young man and if Gus (who I’m not the biggest fan of BUT he has forgotten more about football that any of us will ever know) thinks that the best thing for this lad is a new start under a coach that he trusts to look after the lad, then c’est la vie.

    With Peachey, Kikau, May, Harawira-Naera, Merrin, Katoa, McKendry, Fisher-Harris all jostling for bench or starting spots, cutting $500k or whatever he is on from the salary cap is prob a pretty good move and free’s up some cash longer term for when one Mr. Nathan Cleary comes off contract.

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