The Panthers have officially announced a contract extension for promising forward Billy Burns, securing the 20-year-old until the end of the 2022 season.
“I’m stoked to re-sign with Panthers and to be staying in Penrith for at least the next few years,” Burns told the club’s website.
“I have a lot of good mates at this club and together I believe we have the potential to build something special.
“Heading into next season I’m focused on locking down a spot in the NRL side and delivering consistent performances at that level.
“I want to thank Ivan (Cleary) and everyone at Panthers for the opportunities they’ve given me to this point.”
After playing junior rugby with Parkes Spacemen, Burns arrived at Penrith as a member of the club’s premiership-winning SG Ball side in 2016.
Playing in the lower grade for Penrith, Burns eventually made his NRL debut against Sydney Roosters in the second-last round of the season.
The 20-year-old represented the Australian Schoolboys in 2016, and was selected into the New South Wales U20s Origin side in 2018.
“It was always our intention to keep Billy at the club so we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to extend his contract until the end of 2022,” said Panthers General Manager Matt Cameron.
“Billy is a great example of the young talent that is emerging from our ongoing work with Rugby League development in central west NSW.
“His first two games in the NRL showcased some of the skills he brings to our squad and we look forward to watching his game develop in the seasons ahead.”