TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Panthers coach Anthony Griffin speaks at the post match media conference at the end of the round 16 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Penrith Panthers at 1300SMILES Stadium on June 24, 2017 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

The Penrith Panthers have spoken out on the sacking of coach Anthony Griffin, with club group CEO Brian Fletcher releasing the following statement on the club website.

"There has been much speculation and rumours about the club and head coach Anthony Griffin over the last few weeks," Fletcher's statement reads.

"After discussions with Anthony Griffin it is time to end that speculation. By mutual agreement, the club and Anthony have agreed to part ways, effective immediately.

"Anthony departs the club after much success, having taken the Panthers to the finals in the last two years and leaves the club on track for another finals appearance in 2018.

"We would like to thank Anthony for his service to Panthers and wish him well for the future."


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