Brandy: We won’t release Burton early

Matt Burton. Photo: NRL Images.
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Panthers legend and Director Greg Alexander says Penrith won’t release back-up half Matt Burton to the Bulldogs a year early despite ongoing speculation and pressure.

Burton has signed with the Bulldogs from 2022 and wants to join the club a year early, where he’ll play first grade immediately.

At Penrith this year he will play a back-up role to Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai.

Speaking on SEN 1170, Alexander said Burton is a crucial part of Penrith’s 30-man squad.

“We want to win a comp at Penrith this year. We came very close last year. We did sign Matt to a two-year contract and that still has a year to run. Matt will be an integral part of that team if there’s an injury,” Alexander said.

“Not many clubs have back-up like Matt Burton. We just can’t let him go because we can’t replace him at this late stage. [His manager] David Riolo and Matt Burton were always aware of that.”

20-year-old Burton made his debut for Penrith in 2019.


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