SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08: Jaeman Salmon looks on during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session at the Old Saleyards Reserve on May 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Former Eel Jaeman Salmon has signed a one-year deal with the Penrith Panthers.

The club announced on Tuesday morning that the utility back would be joining them for 2021.

Salmon was thrilled to continue his NRL journey at the 2020 grand finalists.

“I’m excited to be part of such a strong squad and can’t wait to rip in,” Salmon told the club website.

“From Ivan (Cleary) to the players, there are a lot of people here I can learn from and continue to develop my game.

“I’m focused on training as hard as I can so I’ll be ready to go in whatever role they need me to play.”

Penrith GM of Rugby League Matt Cameron is excited by the 21-year old’s upside.

“Jaeman is a young and talented footballer whose career was effectively put on hold last season,” Cameron said.

“He comes to our club seeking a fresh start and the opportunity to work towards realising his full potential.

“Jaeman’s ability to play a number of positions provides our squad with valuable depth heading into 2021.”

Salmon has played 17 NRL games for Parramatta after making his debut in 2018, but didn’t make any first-grade appearances in 2020.

9 COMMENTS

  1. How good is he in the centres? Without Naden, they need some healthy competition to find out who gets to play centre.

  2. Will Penrith junior Cini be back there in a swap next year with West’s ? A swap a year early for Laurie. Cini is supposed to be a pretty good centre.

  3. Another 5/8? For the first time I can remember the Panthers are well covered in the halves. Luai, Burton, May, Salmon. Now its time to shore up the centres.

  4. Which is a work in progress, Alexander The Great. Crichton will re-sign. Hopefully, Naden is out the door. His positive drug reading is inexcusable.

  5. Salmon is supposed to be a utility back & has played centre.
    You’d say the thinking would be one of Salmon, Jennings, May to play centre. Perhaps Laurie or Burton for next season?
    If they release Laurie early to get Cini from West’s? You’d think Cini could be the future centre of choice.

  6. I actually think that Penrith made a huge error in not getting in early last season & re-signing Laurie. He could have made the ideal centre. Has talent & plenty of pace. Played fullback & 5/8th before & player of the year in 2018, in a lower grade. Could also have stepped in if required ,in the halves or fullback.

  7. Edwards is a fullback, Staines is a fullback playing wing & Crichton is a centre. They are still short of a quality player to play the other centre position . They’d also have known that since the grand final & the Naden incident.
    Laurie maybe a fullback, 5/8th. Still could have made a good centre. Would also have been relatively cheap to keep at the club.

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