during the round eight NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Southern Cross Group Stadium on April 24, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith Panthers are delighted to announce James Fisher-Harris and Nathan Cleary have signed upgraded deals to remain with the club until at least the end of the 2019 season.

The duo were already contracted until the end of 2018 but this week agreed to improved terms in return for an additional year on their respective deals.

Fisher-Harris, 20, relocated from his native New Zealand to join the Panthers in 2013. He has represented the Junior Kiwis, was a member of the club’s premiership-winning NYC side last season and made his NRL debut in Round 1 this year.

“Despite the fact James has only played a handful of NRL matches, we are extremely confident in his potential and have invested in his long-term future with this deal,” Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.

SEE ALSO:  Peachey confirms move to the Gold Coast

“I have no doubt this young man will be an integral part of our NRL team and a regular member of the New Zealand Test squad in years to come.

“He is just the latest example of a player graduating from our junior representative program into a premiership-winning NYC team and then into the NRL squad.”

Read more at PenrithPanthers.com.au


  1. Brilliant. I can not wait until Nathan Cleary debuts. To be honest, I thought he would leave, or at least, only sign short term contacts given what happened to his father. James Fisher-Harris has been great, it is a shame about his injury.

  2. Great news for them. Fisher-Harris is a good player and I have heard nothing but good things about Cleary. Spitting image of his father haha.

  3. Two really good re-signings. Both will be stars in the future. Panthers are going to be a top 4 team for a few seasons if they land Tamou and Cherington. I personally don’t think Wallace is the right option for hooker. Would rather use that under 20s bloke or chase Cherington like they are. Congrats panthers, I think next year could be the one

  4. 1. Matt Moylan
    2. Josh Mansour
    3. Waqa Blake
    4. Peta Hiku
    5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    6. Te Maire Martin
    7. Nathan Clearly
    8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    9. Manaia Cherington
    10. James Tamou
    11. Bryce Cartwright
    12. James Fisher-Harris
    13. Trent Merrin

    14. Zach Dockar-Clay
    15. Leilani Latu
    16. Chris Grevsmuhl
    17. Sam McKendry

      • I agree panthers14. Panthers will have to drop a few good players to fit him in the cap when they don’t really need him. I think the current panthers pack doesn’t need anything more than a season of regular NRL for experience. Some of those guys will dominant the game in a couple of years

      • Yea Tamou definitely not worth the money he wants. I’d put Latu in his spot. Then Yeo to the bench. I reckon Peachey will leave. And if ZDC goes, the Sione Katoa can take his spot as bench hooker

  5. How bout Kikau they signed from cowboys 20s last year. .wasnt be supposed to be next gun front rowet

  6. Future is looking good

    1. Moylan
    2. Mansour
    3. Whare/Blake
    4. Hiku
    5. DWZ
    6. TMM
    7. Cleary
    8. RCG
    9. Cherrington
    10. Tamou
    11. Cartwright
    12. Fisher-Harris
    13. Merrin
    14. May
    15. Latu
    16. McKendry
    17. Grevsmuhl

    18. Yeo
    19. R. Jennings
    20. Izzard

Comments are closed.