June 08, 2022
Penrith Panthers have extended the contract of Fiji-born fullback Sunia Turuva for another season.
Currently on a development contract, Turuva has been promoted to the Panthers' first-grade squad.
Alongside Turuva, another player signed from the junior squad is Lindsay Smith
"The re-signings of Sunia and Lindsay are great examples of the built from within culture we have cultivated at Panthers," Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron said.
"Both of these players were developed through the Panthers system and it's great to see these local juniors commit to the club for the next two seasons."
"Sunia has overcome a number of hurdles over the past few years, yet he has embraced hard work, and epitomises many of the club values at Panthers."
Turuva, who played for St Marys, spent his entire junior representative football with the Panthers’ Harold Matthews and SG Ball teams.
The 19-year-old was promoted to an NRL Development Player ahead of the 2021 season and has been a key cog in the club’s NSW Cup team this year.
Despite receiving offers from other NRL clubs, Turuva saw the benefit of remaining at the Panthers to continue his rugby league growth as his career progressed.
"Panthers obviously means a lot to me. I came through the juniors at the club and I've played all my footy here," Turuva said.
"I'm proud to pull on a Panthers jersey and I'm excited to be staying here for another two seasons."
By Romeka Romena