SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Brent Naden of the Panthers celebrates scoring a try during the round 14 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on June 15, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Panthers have re-signed centre Brent Naden on a two-year contract extension.

The new deal ties the 23-year old to the club until at least the end of the 2021 season.

Naden was thrilled to commit his future to Penrith.

“It’s so exciting to get an opportunity like this and to know I’ll be calling Penrith home for the next few years,” Naden told the club website.

“Rugby league moves quickly. It wasn’t too long ago I figured the ship had sailed on my chances of playing in the NRL.

“Then I had a bit of a wake-up call when my brother (Brock) came to Sydney to play footy but ended up moving back home.

“I asked myself, ‘How can I expect my brother to chase his dreams if I’m not out there chasing mine?’.

“Now I’ve been given a shot, I can’t wait to get out on the field and repay Panthers for the faith they’ve shown in me.”

Naden joined the Panthers’ SG Ball squad in 2013 before going on to captain the club’s NYC premiership-winning side in 2015.

After pursuing opportunities at the Canberra Raiders and Newcastle Knights, he returned to Penrith ahead of the 2019 season on a part-time deal.

“As a club we are thrilled to see Brent rewarded with a contract extension,” Panthers GM Matt Cameron said.

“He has worked incredibly hard this season to progress from the part-time squad to the development list, and then to establish himself on the club’s top 30 list.

“Brent embodies many of the traits we value here at Panthers and we look forward to watching his game develop over the years ahead.”


  1. We will just have a little look under the fallen leaves, revealing near this rabbit warren entry, another Good player who South Sydney seems to missed out on signing. Hahahaha

  2. Wasn’t sure what to expect from Naden when he came into first grade?
    He’s played really well & puts In a great effort in attack & defence. You can tell he’s been a captain of other grades by his effort. Major reason they were able to squeak by the Warriors a couple of weeks ago.
    Good re-signing by Penrith.

  3. By the way RussCrowbar, if you’re out there?
    You said the Zelezniak brothers weren’t real Penrith juniors?
    The family moved to Australia when the younger brother was six years old! He only ever played for Penrith teams , before moving to the Bulldogs. I think that pretty well makes them both Penrith juniors!!!!

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