PLAYERS | Mark Geyer

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Panther 262

135 matches [1986-1992; 1998-2000]

36 points [12 tries]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_geyer-mark.htm

Mount Druitt junior who would become one of the game’s most aggressive forwards in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Making his debut as a 19 year old in 1986, he would be a part of the Panthers’ victorious reserve grade team that won the 1987 grand final and also establish himself as a key part of Penrith’s fearsome forward pack.

In 1989, Geyer would make his debut for New South Wales, which was followed up the following year with his Test debut against France on the Kangaroo Tour.

However, injuries and suspension would limit his appearances in the early 1990s for the Panthers (including a lengthy one copped during the 1991 State of Origin series), however, would make up for it with a series of dominating performances for the Panthers. One in particular was in the 1991 grand final. Despite being sin binned for backchat, he was one of the best on the field that day, having a hand in all three Penrith tries as the Panthers won their maiden premiership.

However, the following season Geyer would be released from the Panthers, after a series of events, including the death of Ben Alexander had come to a head.

In the following seasons, he would have stints at Balmain as well as the expansion club Western Reds. Upon the demise of the Reds at the end of 1997, Geyer returned to the Panthers as a much more mature player.

This new found maturity allowed him the resurrect his career and reputation, providing great service for three seasons before announcing his retirement at the end of the 2000 season.

Post retirement Geyer has secured a role in the media, and in particular with radio.

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