Penrith will go into the 2023 season looking to become the first team in 40 years to win three consecutive premierships.


The Panthers will be the team to beat again in the new year but possess a squad that, despite losing two not stars over the summer, are more than capable of defending the trophy for a third year.

Ivan Cleary has hit the player market for a handful of signings but as has been like their past three years of success, plenty of their next crop of talent will come from within.


The Panthers will hit the ground running with a World Club Challenge clash against Super League champions St Helens on February 18 before hosting the Broncos on March 3, both at BlueBet Stadium.

The Panthers will have a familiar squad again in 2023 but some notable absentees with Viliame Kikau (Bulldogs) and Api Koroisau (Wests Tigers) among the key departures.


With rising stars Jack Cole and Jesse McLean added to the top 30 and signed to long-term deals the premiers have filled 28 spots in their top 30 roster.


They’ve got a worthy replacement for Koroisau with Mitch Kenny set to take the starting jersey, while Tyrone Peachey returns to the club and is likely to play a utility role.


Former Knights and Bulldogs halfback Jack Cogger arrives to Sydney’s west after a stint in the Super League and will play a back-up role vacated by Sean O’Sullivan, who has joined the Dolphins.

The Panthers copped a blow in the World Club Challenge with Taylan May suffering a torn ACL in the side’s loss to St Helens.


May will miss the entire season with Sunia Turuva’s stocks suddenly rising in Sydney’s west with the Fijian representative set for a spot on the wing.


Dylan Edwards (hamstring) and Liam Martin (shoulder) were left out of the World Club Challenge with minor niggles in a bid to be available for the Broncos season opener.

Penrith’s outside back depth will need some beefing up following the departures of Robert Jennings (Dolphins) and Charlie Staines (Wests Tigers) to rival clubs, while Christian Crichton remains unsigned for 2023.

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