PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: James Maloney of the Panthers makes his point to the referee during the round four NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Wests Tigers at Panthers Stadium on April 05, 2019 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Panthers are facing a salary cap crisis and are believed to be desperate to offload several stars to free up funds, reports The Daily Telegraph.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Penrith have 13 players on pricey long-term deals, accounting for an estimated $5 million-plus portion of the $9m salary cap.

The players who are on contract for at least another two seasons are Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Nathan Cleary, Waqa Blake, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Wayde Egan, James Fisher-Harris, Jack Hetherington, Jarome Luai, Viliame Kikau, Liam Martin, Josh Mansour, Dean Whare and Isaah Yeo.

It comes amid news that former captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak reportedly wants out of the club, requesting an immediate release after getting dropped last week.

Should DWZ be dealt, the Panthers will be faced with an estimated $4 million to cover the salaries of the remaining 18 players not on long-term deals.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Josh Mansour, James Maloney, and Dylan Edwards could all be shown the door as the club looks to ease their salary cap pressure.


  1. Couldn’t happen to a nicer Guy…..Iv will fix things up don’t worry Penrith fans …His 5 year plan only just started!…. 🙂

  2. This is paper talk.

    A new coach has come in and wants to change the roster. Unless the club has opened the books and let Ben Cotton from Zero Tackle have a look this is just speculation. Click bait really lowers the credibility of this page.

  3. Where are those idiot panfers supporters that assured us Gus had fixed all the issues. Club was in crisis when he got there, and guess what, it’s still in crisis. How that dolt could say mission accomplished is beyond a joke unless he was a double agent for the rorters.

  4. Wow from bad to worse. Definitely a season to forget for the panthers. Sex sandals new coach former captain on the outer Gus Gould leaving now you want to sell half the team

  5. OMG, what a “salary cap crisis”, when your top 13 players (43%) in the squad take up over $5mil (55% or so) of the salary cap.
    Some clubs would be hitting the 50 odd % with the top half a dozen players or so, and most would hit it in the top dozen. (Enter anti Rorters comments no doubt, but that’s my intention, nor my point).
    Obviously the Panthers have some problems (and they’re not the Lone Ranger there), but I don’t think it’s the salary cap. as such.

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