Coote, who is currently sidelined with osteitis pubis, has been in great form at fullback prior to the injury, but is hopeful of a return for the Panthers finals campaign. Named in the 2008 Toyota Cup Team of the Year, he made his first grade debut for the Panthers that same year going on to win Panthers rookie. Lachlan has played 36 first grade since.
“Lachlan is an outstanding player from our Junior League; it’s particularly pleasing to produce and retain the calibre of talent that Coote offers,” Leary said.
“I’m sure Lachlan is disappointed to be injured but we are hopeful he will rejoin the team shortly.”
Lachlan said he was pleased to have his long term future wrapped up and he is focused on joining the team for his first finals series in the NRL.
“I’m stoked to have been able to wrap up my long term future,” Coote said.
“I’m a local junior and that’s a big factor in why I’ve stayed, the Panthers have been a big part of my footy career growing up and I wanted to stay as long as I can.”