Panthers re-sign another rising star

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THE Panthers have continued their incredible re-signing spree, this time locking up promising young front-rower Viliame Kikau despite the uncertainty around the salary cap.

Kikau has re-signed on a two-year deal, just over a month after making his NRL debut.

The 22-year-old was brought to Penrith in 2015 after establishing himself as one of the biggest stars of the under 20s competition in a dominant Cowboys Holden Cup team.

He was unable to force his way into first grade in 2016 but after scoring a sensational try on debut against the Wests Tigers in round two he has gone onto play four NRL games.

The contract extension means the 22-year-old Fijian international will remain with the Panthers until at least the end of the 2019 season.

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“I’m really excited to recommit to the club and I’m very thankful for the Panthers giving me this opportunity,” Kikau said.

“I know there are challenges ahead but I am looking forward to them.”

Kikau is the latest in a string of re-signings by the Panthers and the club’s general manager of football Phil Gould said he was delighted with the youngster’s decision to stay.

“We are delighted Viliame has committed to another two seasons with the Panthers,” Gould said.

“Viliame has outstanding potential and is a very popular member of our club.

“His best football is undoubtedly in front of him and we look forward to his future development.”

Originally published as Panthers re-sign another rising star

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