South Sydney Rabbitohs want Penrith Panthers winger Josh Mansour


Mansour represented Souths in the lower grades, earning NYC winger of the year selection after impressing during the 2010 season. After graduating to feeder team North Sydney, he was signed by the Panthers.

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Until recently, it has been a happy relationship at the foot of the mountains. The 30-year-old has made all of his 158 NRL appearances for Penrith, where he has become a senior player and represented NSW and Australia. Club powerbrokers, however, tapped him on shoulder after the grand final loss to Melbourne to inform him he would likely be making way to allow Ivan Cleary to include young outside backs like Stephen Crichton, Brian To’o, Brent Naden, Charlie Staines and Matt Burton in his side.

The Panthers are prepared to pay some of Mansour’s freight, which could result in the Rabbitohs picking up the Lebanon international at a bargain price.

Allan impressed at fullback at the end of last season when stepping into the role for the injured Latrell Mitchell. Those performances could be enough to earn the No.1 jersey at the Bulldogs or another club.

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Penrith Panthers star Brent Naden given one-month ban for positive cocaine test, NRL investigating bubble breach


Naden was sanctioned under new the World Anti-Doping Code’s new rules for 2021, which permit a one-month suspension for athletes who can prove the drug was taken recreationally. The athlete also must commit to undertaking a rehab program to qualify for the reduced suspension.

Naden did not contest the positive sample but told Sports Integrity Australia he took the drug the day ahead of the grand final, which aligned with the low levels found in his sample.

Panthers star Brent Naden returned a positive test for cocaine after the 2020 grand final.Credit:NRL Photos

Sports Integrity Australia came to the conclusion Naden would have not taken the drugs so far in advance if he had taken them to improve his performance in the grand final.

His ban was backdated to the day his provisional suspension was handed down on December 1, leaving Naden free to return to training and competition from January 1.

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Penrith chief executive Brian Fletcher said Naden was expected to return to pre-season training next week.

The Panthers do not expect any heavy sanctions to come from the potential bubble breach and are happy for him to return to training while that investigation is ongoing.

“Our club acknowledges the penalty handed to Brent Naden by the NRL in relation to his use of a recreational drug,” he said. “Brent has come to understand the significant impact of his actions on his family, our club and the game of rugby league.

“He similarly understands how fortunate he is to have the opportunity to return to the NRL in 2021.”

The Panthers are also unhappy at suggestions in the media they were aware of Naden’s drug use before choosing to play him on grand final day, with the club considering its legal options.

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NRL 2020: Brent Naden suspension, Penrith Panthers, cocaine, grand final


The NRL has confirmed a one-month suspension for Panthers centre Brent Naden, backdated to the date of his provisional suspension.

Naden was provisionally suspended on December 1 after testing positive to cocaine on the night of the grand final loss to Melbourne.

It was established that Naden’s ingestion of cocaine was out-of-competition and not for performance-enhancing purposes.

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Panthers’ Naden gets one-month drug ban


Penrith star Brent Naden is free to return to training on January 1 after he escaped with a one-month ban for cocaine use following the NRL grand final.

The sanction was announced on Tuesday at the end of anti-doping processes held by Sport Integrity Australia and the NRL, and is backdated to the start of his provisional suspension on December 1.

The NRL released a statement saying the penalty is in line with new provisions of the incoming World Anti-Doping Code 2021, which has slashed penalties for cocaine use provided the athlete can establish it was used out of competition and was unrelated to sport performance.

“Having established that the ingestion of the cocaine was out-of-competition and not for performance enhancing purposes, Naden is sanctioned in accordance with new provisions of the incoming World Anti-Doping Code 2021 which permit a one-month period of ineligibility for qualifying athletes who also undertake an approved rehabilitation program,” the NRL said.

“The sanction will come into effect on 1 January 2021 with the commencement of the new WADA Code.”

The NRL said the penalty only related to the anti-doping breach and the 24-year-old outside back could face further sanctions, with the matter to be reviewed in the new year.

Naden entered a rehabilitation facility in Sydney to deal with drug and alcohol issues after fronting Panthers staff in the days following the grand final loss to Melbourne, admitting recreational drug use.

The Panthers said they continued to support Naden, who was “working through his personal issues”.

“Our club acknowledges the penalty handed to Brent Naden by the NRL in relation to his use of a recreational drug,” said Panthers boss Brian Fletcher.

“Brent has come to understand the significant impact of his actions on his family, our club and the game of rugby league.

“He similarly understands how fortunate he is to have the opportunity to return to the NRL in 2021.”

The club said Naden would be back at pre-season training next week.





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Penrith Panthers star Brent Naden to make return to training next week after sanction for positive cocaine test


Sport Integrity Australia ruled the one-month period be backdated to the date of his provisional suspension meaning he will be able to return to training and competition on January 1.

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Penrith chief executive Brian Fletcher said Naden is expected to return to pre-season training next week.

“Our club acknowledges the penalty handed to Brent Naden by the NRL in relation to his use of a recreational drug,” he said. “Brent has come to understand the significant impact of his actions on his family, our club and the game of rugby league.

“He similarly understands how fortunate he is to have the opportunity to return to the NRL in 2021.”

Fletcher said Naden was “continuing to work” through his personal issues.

“We anticipate he will return to Panthers pre-season training following the completion of his suspension,” Fletcher said.

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Penrith Panthers, Zane Tetevano, contract, Leeds Super League


The Penrith Panthers have released forward Zane Tetevano from the final year of his contract to join the Super League.

Tetevano is expected to take up a three-year deal with Leeds Rhinos in the English competition in the coming days.

“Zane had an extraordinary impact on our young squad following his arrival at the club last season,” Panthers general manager Matt Cameron said.

“He consistently elevated our training sessions with his professionalism and played an important role in the team’s success in 2020.

“We’ve granted Zane’s request for a release out of respect to him and his family, in consideration of the valuable opportunity they’ve been presented by Leeds Rhinos.

“We wish to thank Leeds Rhinos and Zane’s manager Wayde Rushton for their co-operation through this process.

“We also extend our thanks to Zane for his service to Panthers and wish him the best of luck in the Super League.”

Tetevano played 19 NRL matches for Penrith this year, averaging over 100 running metres per game.

Having previously represented the Sydney Roosters and Newcastle Knights, the 30-year-old also played three Test matches for New Zealand in 2019.

“While it’s difficult to leave Panthers, I’m extremely grateful to the club for allowing my family and I to take up this opportunity,” Tetevano said.

“My time at Penrith was one of the most enjoyable years of my career.

“I want to thank everyone involved with the club for their support and wish them all the best for the future.”



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NRL 2021: Zane Tetevano leaves Penrith Panthers to take up contract with Leeds Rhinos in the Super League


Zane Tetevano has left the Penrith Panthers a year early to take up a three-year deal with Super League powerhouse Leeds.

The 30-year-old joined the Panthers last season, playing an integral role in their minor premiership victory and their run to the grand final.

A Kiwi international, Tetevano had previously been at the Roosters and Newcastle.

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Tetevano leaving Panthers for Leeds


Penrith Panthers forward and New Zealand international Zane Tetevano has been granted immediate release from his club to join the Leeds Rhinos on a three-year deal.

The 30-year-old will join the Rhinos ahead of the new Betfred Super League season after his release from the final year of his contract.

“While it’s difficult to leave Panthers, I’m extremely grateful to the club for allowing my family and I to take up this opportunity,” Tetevano said in a club statement on Friday.

“My time at Penrith was one of the most enjoyable years of my career.”

Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said the club wished him the best of luck in the Super League.

“Zane had an extraordinary impact on our young squad following his arrival at the club last season,” he said.

“He consistently elevated our training sessions with his professionalism and played an important role in the team’s success in 2020.”

Tetevano made 19 NRL appearances in 2020 and averaged over 100 running metres per game.

Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield told PA that once the club knew of Zane’s availability he was their number one priority to strengthen the squad for next season.

“We have got an exciting crop of young players coming through at the Rhinos and to add a current international with a proven track record of winning will give our group a tremendous lift.”





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NRL 2020 Transfers: Breakthrough players, Ashley Taylor, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Trent Barrett, Penrith Panthers


Five different players from four different teams with one thing in common – all the pieces are in place for them to thrive in 2021.

For some, it is the absence of a big name that has left a void they will be tasked with filling.

In the case of others, key signings or personnel changes shape as the final ingredient needed to bring out the best versions of themselves.

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Here are foxsports.com.au’s five NRL players who can go to the next level in the new year.



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NRL contracts, 2021 squads: Spencer Leniu, Panthers team, Roosters, Matt Burton


Penrith has scored a big coup in re-signing young gun forward Spencer Leniu on a new two-year contract.

The extension keeps the 20-year-old at the foot of the mountains until the end of 2023.

He’s a Panthers junior and represented the Australian Schoolboys and NSW Under 20s and is regarded a genuine NRL star in the making.

It’s welcome news for Panthers fans, with contract speculation surrounding many young stars like Stephen Crichton and Matt Burton.

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Leniu himself had reportedly been targeted by the Bulldogs and Dragons, and it’s believed he accepted less money to remain with Penrith.



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