Penrith have received a huge boost ahead of this Saturday’s do-or-die Finals clash with Parramatta, with prop Moses Leota signing a new contract extension.
The 26-year-old forward has committed to Panthers until at least the end of the 2024 season.
“I’m extremely grateful to re-sign and have the opportunity to continue my career as a Panther,” Leota said.
“I’m humbled to have the support of everyone at the club and to know that they believe in me.
“This new deal means a lot to me and my family because this club is our home. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
After moving to Australia from New Zealand, Leota progressed through the Panthers junior development pathways and was a member of the club’s premiership-winning NYC side in 2015.
He achieved his NRL debut in 2016, his Test debut for Samoa in 2019 and has gone on to make 103 NRL appearances in Panthers colours.
“Moses is another great example of the ‘built from within’ culture we have cultivated at Panthers, dating back to when Ivan (Cleary) started at the club in 2012,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“Over the years we have watched Moses develop into an accomplished first grade footballer. He has always embraced hard work and epitomises many of the character traits we value at our club.
“Having represented Panthers at every level on the road to first grade, we are enormously proud to have Moses continue his journey in Panthers colours.”
Leota missed last weekend’s loss to Souths through injury but will return against the Eels on Saturday night.