After winning the race to start the season as fullback, Lachlan Coote last night pledged he would end his career at the Penrith Panthers.
Penrith’s off-season has been consumed by debate over whether Coote could defy Michael Gordon’s challenge for the No. 1 jersey.
And the intrigue cranked-up a gear last week, when Coote was linked to a possible move to the Roosters in 2012.
The Daily Telegraph understands the Roosters would be interested if Coote became available, but Panthers boss Phil Gould and coach Ivan Cleary have absolutely no intention of releasing him.
“And I’m happy to stay here for the rest of my career because it’s such a good club,” Coote said.
“There’s so many exciting things that are going to happen over the next few years and I want to be part of that. I’ve spoken to Gus and Ivan about the reports about the Roosters and told them I want to see-out the three years of my contract here and they feel the same.”