Massive dilemma putting Penrith's future under microscope

The Penrith Panthers will be left with a massive hole in their forward pack, with the departure of star prop James Fisher-Harris set to send Penrith searching through the market to fill the gap.

The three-time premiership player announced he will be joining the New Zealand Warriors on a four-year deal after eight seasons with Penrith.

Fisher-Harris was granted a release from the remaining two years on his contract to return home on compassionate grounds on Wednesday.

1991 Panthers premiership player Brad Fittler revealed Penrith selectors are “sure to be busy on the market”, revealing he expects the open availability in the team will be appealing to many young players.

“They’re losing Jarome [Luai] and they’re losing now James Fisher-Harris. You’ve got to think a lot of players now would want and could see a good future at Penrith,” Fittler told Wide World of Sports.

“They’ve got to see out this year but then they lost another two good ones in Jarome and James. So I’m sure they will be very busy in the market.”

Fisher-Harris’ departure leaves a major hole in Penrith’s forward pack, with the side losing two of their most prominent forward players in the last two years – with former Panther Spencer Leniu joining the Roosters at the end of the last season.

The Panthers have lost an extensive list of players in recent times, with club ringleader Luai leaving at the end of this season after signing a five-year monster deal at the Wests Tigers.

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