July 25, 2024

A day after re-signing brothers Casey and Jesse McLean, the Penrith Panthers announced the re-signing of five additional young players to secure their futures.

The club has confirmed new contracts for young talents Luron Patea, Billy Scott, Trent Toelau, Luke Sommerton, and Billy Phillips.

Hooker Luke Sommerton, who has already played four NRL games, has been promoted from a development contract to a Top 30 contract for the 2025 season.

Playmaker Trent Toelau, who has also made his NRL debut, has signed an upgraded contract. He will be on a development contract next season before moving to a Top 30 contract in 2026.

Former U19s NSW Blues representatives Luron Patea and Billy Scott have both signed new deals until the end of the 2027 season. Patea will join the Top 30 roster immediately, while Scott will be on a development contract next season before transitioning to the Top 30 roster for the 2026 and 2027 seasons.

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Billy Phillips, 20, has signed a three-year contract extension with the club. He will train with the squad on a full-time basis before joining the Top 30 roster for the 2027 NRL season.

“On behalf of all at Panthers, I’d like to congratulate these five players on re-signing with the club,” said Panthers General Manager of Football Shane Elford in a statement. “These young guys have all been impressive over the past couple of seasons and thoroughly deserve their contract extensions. Not only are they talented footballers, but they are also great young men dedicated to their rugby league careers – and we look forward to watching their progression in Panthers colors.”

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