PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Jarome Luai of the Panthers celebrates victory during the round 17 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at Panthers Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Jarome Luai has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Penrith Panthers, who will retain his signature until at least the end of 2021.

Luai had his first-grade debut with the Panthers in Round 10 of this season, and showed his immense potential with a two-try, best-on-ground appearance against the Warriors in Round 17.

With James Maloney contracted until 2020 and looking to retire soon after, Luai is being groomed as the heir to his five-eighth’s throne.

Luai came up through Penrith’s junior program in tandem with Nathan Cleary, who has also been signed until 2023.

“I feel blessed to re-sign with Panthers because Penrith is my home,” Luai told Panthers Media.

“It was an easy decision for me as I’ve come through the Panthers system with so many of the players here and we’re basically a family.

“A lot of us have kids as well so to watch them grow up together will be special.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with the likes of Nathan Cleary and James Maloney as I continue to improve my game.”

5 COMMENTS

    • Not so fast there Sammy.
      Penrith supporters would hope Tyrone May can be Penrith’s John Sutton. As he’s already played Half, 5/8th, Centre, Lock .
      No Merrin.. No reason why Tyrone couldn’t play lock in first grade?
      Every team also needs a back up half , 5/8th.

      • Ty May is too light to be a full-time lock in the NRL. His only real option is halves or centre. Maybe a good season could force Whare out of the 13, but that’s the only way he’d be in on an extended period outside of injuries.

  1. Sutton was a lot thinner than he is now earlier in his career.
    Different times, but Ray Price was never a big guy. Still one of the best ever.
    Yes, centre / 5/8th is also an option. Lyons swapped around from 5/8th to centre all his career. Depending on what his clubs needed.
    May setting up some plays out wide would be useful.
    Luai is one of the quickest players around. They couldn’t let him go elsewhere.

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