Penrith has released Dayne Weston from the remainder of his contract with the club, confirming this morning that he’ll join the Melbourne Storm effective immediately.
Weston had stints with the Sharks and Cowboys before joining the Panthers in 2011.
The 26-year-old forward’s contract was up at the end of the season but Panthers General Manager of Rugby League, Phil Moss, said the club had agreed to release him early.
“Dayne played many strong games for the Panthers after joining us in 2011, and has been a well-liked member of our club,” Mr Moss said.
“We wish him and his family all the best for their future in Melbourne.”
Melbourne Storm GM Football, Frank Ponissi, said the signing of Weston was vital for Storm’s NRL squad.
“At the end of 2012 we lost two very experienced props, we signed Junior Moors, so we were always looking for another front rower to get through the long season,” Ponissi said.
“We have a number of promising young props yet to make their debuts, therefore we needed a front rower with NRL experience and Dayne fits the bill perfectly.
“Dayne’s strong desire to play at Melbourne Storm has impressed us and we look forward to him joining the club”.
Meanwhile, there is speculation that the Panthers are on the verge of agreeing to release halfback Luke Walsh from the remainder of his contract with the club.
It is believed that English Super League club St Helens have expressed interest in signing Walsh, whose future is uncertain after the Panthers announced the signing of Jamie Soward last month.