Ethan Cook
Cook has signed a two-year deal

The Newcastle Knights have lost two home-grown rising stars to NRL rivals Penrith Panthers.

Newcastle-born forwards Sam Anderson and Ethan Cook, who will represent the Knights in the NSW Cup preliminary final against Balmain Ryde-Eastwood at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday, will play for the Panthers next season.

Penrith general manager of football Phil Gould told the Newcastle Herald last night that Anderson had signed a one-year contract and Cook had been secured for two years.

Anderson and Cook will join Knights clubmates Wes Naiqama and Kyle O’Donnell among Penrith’s recruits for 2013.

Read more at the Newcastle Herald