The Penrith Panthers have announced new skipper Isaah Yeo has signed a three-year contract extension with the club.
Following his recent appointment as Panthers co-captain alongside Nathan Cleary, the 26-year-old forward has now committed to Panthers until at least the end of the 2024 season.
“I had no intentions of doing anything other than re-signing with Panthers,” Yeo said.
“I love playing for this club. I really couldn’t see myself in another jersey.
“If anyone asked me when I first came to Penrith if I would play first grade, I would have said they were crazy.
“To think I’m here now and this deal is going to take me through to the age of 30 is incredible. It’s been quite a journey and something I’m very proud of.
“Hopefully over the next few years we can bring a premiership to Penrith and I can play my part in that.”
Born in Dubbo, Yeo has been in the Panthers system since the age of 17 and was a member of the club’s premiership-winning NYC side in 2013.
He was handed his NRL debut by Ivan Cleary the following year and is currently the club’s most experienced campaigner with 148 NRL games under his belt.
Yeo capped off last season with a NSW Origin debut and selection in the Dally M Team of the Year.
“Everyone at the club is stoked to get this deal done,” Panthers coach Ivan Cleary said.
“I think Isaah is hitting the sweet spot of his career. His performances last year and his Origin debut have solidified his self-belief, which was already strong, but has gone to another level.
“He’s going to be a really important player for our club over the next four years.”
Nathan Taylor is the Weekender’s Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for a decade.