SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - MAY 13: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Panthers makes a break during the round 10 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at Pepper Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will miss the opening rounds of the 2018 NRL season after injuring his ankle on the weekend.

The 22-year-old was participating in a contact drill before falling awkwardly on his ankle with preliminary reports indicating the winger will miss at least one month with the injury.

The New Zealand representative, who is currently in a moon boot, won’t run for at least another two weeks, meaning his unavailability could provide an opportunity for one of Penrith’s young flyers to make a claim in his vacancy.

It hasn’t been the best of weeks for the Panthers following news that Bryce Cartwright left the club to sign with the Titans with rumours continuing to swirl about the future of star halves Nathan Cleary.


  1. Daffy. On my last message about Cartwright. Why wouldn’t going to qld help him? When his constantly under threats here in Sydney? You watch him explode this year. Moved his family and everything up there.

    • I don’t know, but to me Cartwright looks like the partying type. If so, being in the public eye, working and living on the Gold Coast is a recipe for disaster. No doubt if Cartwright can stay out of the party scene he will be the perfect fit for the Titans. Maybe he was just too comfortable at Penrith and the move up north is what he needed. He is an extremely talented player and only needs to fix his defensive weaknesses and he will find himself playing for the Blues for many years to come. Remember, other than a total lack of size, ( in which Cartwright doesn’t have) bad defence is nothing more than a bad attitude and / or a lack of commitment.

    • Titans have a huge drug culture. That whole area is called the wild west by the police themselves. High crime, awash with drugs, it’s a poor environment for someone with Cartwright’s problems.

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