Huge blow for Panthers as top prop signs with rival

James Fisher-Harris will leave the Panthers at the end of the year, signing a long-term deal with the New Zealand Warriors.

The three-time premiership winner was granted a release by Penrith on compassionate grounds from the final two years of his deal.

Fisher-Harris has been a mainstay for the Panthers since making his debut for the club in 2016, going on to play 183 first grade matches, including all three grand final wins.

The 28-year-old leaves with the blessing of the Penrith organisation, who were sympathetic to his family’s decision to move back home to New Zealand.

“Fish has been exceptional for the Panthers, both on and off the field,” Panthers coach Ivan Cleary said in a statement.

“The leadership and cultural impact he has displayed since coming into first grade has been outstanding. He’s evolved into one of the game’s elite players, and coaching him has been a pleasure.

“While we would have loved him to stay at the Panthers, we wish him, his partner Natalie, and children Tahira and Deon all the best for their next chapter.”

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