Campbell-Gillard signs long-term Panthers deal
NSW Origin prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard has inked a new long-term deal with the Penrith Panthers.
On the back of his Blues debut in game one, the ferocious-running prop will remain with the Panthers until the end of the 2024 season.
"Panthers is the club I've always wanted to play for and I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to make a long-term commitment," the 24-year-old said.
"The fact my future is now secure means I can completely focus on building and improving my game moving forward.
"The club has shown a lot of faith in me with this deal and now it's up to me to repay that faith with my performances."
Campbell-Gillard made his NRL debut in 2015 and has played 84 games for Penrith.
A local junior, Campbell-Gillard tasted title success as he progressed through the grades at Panthers.
He was a member of the club’s premiership-winning NYC side in 2013 and backed up with victory in the Intrust Super Premiership grand final in 2014.
The icing on the cake would be a NRL premiership.
“There is so much young talent coming through the ranks here at Panthers. It’s going to be very exciting over the next few years and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” Campbell-Gillard said.
The Blues prop's return from a broken jaw may be pushed back a week after he returned to hospital during the week to have his jaw re-wired but he will still be back on the field well before Penrith's finals campaign gets underway.
Earlier on Thursday, Penrith also announced it had re-signed 21-year-old forward Kaide Ellis to a new two-year deal. He will now be with the Panthers until 2020.
"I didn't think twice when the opportunity came to re-sign with Panthers," Ellis said.
"This is the club that has helped me become the player I am today and a lot of my best mates are here."