Benjamin Garcia

Penrith Panthers are pleased to announce the signing of French back-rower Benjamin Garcia until the end of the 2017 season.

Garcia will join the Panthers next season from English Super League club Catalans Dragons, where he has plied his trade for the last two years.

The 22-year-old previously played for the Brisbane Broncos’ NYC side and returns to Australia as a French international, having made his international debut at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Garcia is one of four new signings the Panthers announced on Wednesday, with boom youngsters Sione Katoa, Viliame Kikau and Zach Dockar-Clay to join the Frenchman at Penrith for the next two seasons.

Panthers Executive General Manager rugby league Phil Gould AM said the signing of the four youngsters was designed to complement the outstanding talent the Panthers already have coming through the club’s development system.

“Our NSW Cup team is leading the competition despite the fact that our club, at the NRL level, has had to endure a crippling injury toll. Our NYC team is also leading their competition and have a number of players who are still able to play in that age group again next season,” Mr Gould said.

“The long-term prospects for the Panthers have never looked better.”