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.
“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.”