Coach Ivan Cleary does not foresee any challenges in retaining each Dylan Edwards and Jarome Luai past 2024 as rival golf equipment as soon as once more look to capitalise on Penrith’s premiership success.
Edwards’ four-try masterclass towards Manly final week strengthened his consultant credentials and potential to earn a pay-rise on the open market.
In career-best kind, the fullback comes off contract on the finish of subsequent season, the identical time as State of Origin five-eighth Jarome Luai.
Each can negotiate with different NRL golf equipment from November 1, leaving Penrith to organize for an additional balancing act on the contract desk.
Penrith have resigned themselves to dropping expertise each season, with Viliame Kikau, Api Koroisau, Matt Burton and Kurt Capewell all incomes will increase for bringing premiership expertise to rival golf equipment.
Stephen Crichton and Spencer Leniu will do the identical on the finish of this season.
“It nonetheless hurts,” Cleary stated, “once you consider guys leaving and guys about to depart.”
Penrith have but to open formal contract discussions with Edwards or Luai however requested how assured he was of Penrith’s means to maintain the pair, Cleary didn’t have to assume laborious.
“Very,” the coach stated.
“These two guys are integral components of our staff, have been for a very long time.
“I would definitely prefer to assume that they’d be shifting ahead.”
The Panthers have managed to tie Isaah Yeo, Nathan Cleary, Brian To’o, James Fisher-Harris and Moses Leota to long-term offers, capitalising on their long-standing bonds as Penrith juniors and connection to the membership’s successful tradition.
“The fellows which have stayed, that is positively been part of the rationale,” Cleary stated.
“All of them worth the camaraderie and the staff that we’ve got right here, their households are settled and that sort of factor. That each one comes into it.”
Edwards has lengthy been a favorite of Cleary’s and whereas the coach conceded he may financial institution a much bigger pay-cheque with a rival he cannot fathom the fullback leaving.
“I do not see him in any jersey aside from a Panthers one,” he stated.
“He fits us very well. We’re clearly going to do our greatest to maintain him.”
James Tedesco’s standing as NSW State of Origin and Australian captain has to this point prevented Edwards from enjoying consultant soccer whereas teammates Luai, Cleary, To’o, Yeo and Liam Martin have all turn into Origin staples.
The fullback shied away from questions on his NSW credentials after final week’s win, however Cleary believes increased honours are awaiting Edwards.
“One thing like that’s going to occur for him someday, I reckon, if he simply retains on being who he’s and enjoying the way in which he does every week,” he stated.
“He may positively deal with that stage.
“His recreation can be completely suited to it. He is behind a fairly good one (Tedesco) there.”
Martin may return from a four-week damage lay-off towards Newcastle on Saturday, having been named within the reserves on Tuesday.