Premiership-winning fullback Dylan Edwards has signed a new deal with the Penrith Panthers.
The 26-year-has committed to Panthers until at least the end of the 2024 season, the club confirmed today.
“Panthers is the only place I want to be so I’m pumped to have secured my future here,” Edwards said.
“This club means everything to me. I’ve grown up with this team and the bond we share is something special.
“I believe we’ve still got a lot to achieve as a team, and my family and I are so grateful to be part of that journey.”
A Bellingen Dorrigo Magpies junior, Edwards progressed through the Panthers development pathways and was a member of the club’s premiership-winning NYC side in 2015.
The following year he represented the Junior Kangaroos, made his NRL debut against Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Round 18 and was named in the NYC Team of the Year.
Edwards’ chapter in club folklore was all but confirmed when it emerged he played through the 2021 NRL Finals Series with a broken foot, including running for a game-high 230 metres as the Panthers won the 2021 NRL Grand Final.
“Dylan’s character and courage is an asset for our club,” Panthers coach Ivan Cleary said.
“His attitude and commitment means his game continues to develop and we firmly believe his best years are still ahead of him.
“He sets an outstanding example, on and off the field, for any young player with aspirations of a career in the NRL.”
Edwards has played 80 NRL games and scored 21 tries.
“Dylan is a quality young man and we’re delighted to see him commit to our club for another two seasons,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“Like all those who graduate from the Panthers junior development system, he shares a strong connection with his teammates, our club and our community.
“We sincerely appreciate the patience shown by Dylan and his management during negotiations, especially given the team’s extended break following their success in the NRL Grand Final.”