SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Hame Sele of the Dragons is tackled during the round 16 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at UOW Jubilee Oval on June 25, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Panthers have announced the signing of former St George Illawarra forward Hame Sele for the 2019 season.

The 22-year-old has signed a one year deal at the Panthers, with an option for an extra year.

“It’s exciting for me to start this new journey with Panthers, especially when you look at the facilities and the talented players at the club,” Sele told the club’s website.

“It’s my goal to make the most of my opportunity here and to earn a place in the NRL team.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to make that happen.”

In 2017, Sele was selected in the NSW City Origin squad as he made his debut for the Dragons as well.

This season, Sele only played three games and was a consistent performer for the Dragons in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition.

“Hame Sele is a tremendous addition to our playing roster,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould told

“We consider ourselves very fortunate to have recruited such a talented forward at this stage of the season.

“Hame’s style of play will complement our forward depth perfectly and coach Ivan Cleary is excited to have him at our club.”


  1. With Cleary being a former Warriors and Tigers coach wounded if he will go pick up some former players. Lewis Brown will come cheap as chips and is a handy utility off the bench with no more Peter Wallace. Maybe if they need another cheap forward Charlie Gubb could be an option, he always plays 100% and brings his all.

  2. I hope the Dragons don’t regret letting Hame Sele go. He’s a good honest hard working forward with a great tackling technique and will be an asset for the Panthers. I agree with most of the comments already made, but in fairness to the Dragons they have a good bunch of young back-rowers coming through. The likes of Jacob Host, Luciano Leilua, Jackson Ford and Jayden Morgan would have made Hame Sele’s chances of getting a permanent first grade spot that little bit harder. Good luck to him.

  3. I think it’s a strange signing. Even without Merrin. They just re-signed an up & coming lock in Martin. Have perhaps the best lock coming up through the grades , in Shaun Blore.
    No shortage of young forwards at the club.

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