Penrith Panthers can confirm Chris Smith has been released from his contract with the club to pursue an opportunity with the Sydney Roosters.

The 22-year-old forward has taken up a two-year deal with the Roosters and will begin training with his new club this week.

Having graduated through the ranks since joining the Panthers four years ago, Smith made his NRL debut in the final round of the 2015 season.

“Chris is a wonderful young man and a footballer with tremendous potential,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.

“He has been with our club since his junior rep football days and has made tremendous contributions with every team he has played.

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“We are very sorry to lose him but we respect the fact a move to the Roosters gives Chris a great opportunity to advance his career.

“We wish Chris all the best for the future and will follow his development with great interest.”



  1. Whaaaaaat….. Do you mean someone can leave Penrith and go to another team besides the Manly SeaPanthers?????

    • After Barrett agreed to go to Manly, Penrith sacked him because he was secretly organizing to bring a few players with him. Api, Lewis Brown and a couple others.

      • Rumour has it, Trent Barrett was sacked because Ivan Cleary wanted him gone, not Phil Gould.

    • Yeah he goes all right. He’s a hard running edge forward. Unfortunately for him he has Yeo, Fischer-Harris and about 4-5 others ahead of him at the Panthers.

      We can’t keep them all. Says a lot about the amount of quality players the club are developing at the moment that we’ve allowed him to go.

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