PLAYERS | Luke Walsh


Panther 485

107 matches [2009-2013]

358 points [10 tries, 154 goals, 10 field goals]


Newcastle born halfback who had debuted at the Knights in 2007. He played 17 matches before being released early in the 2009 season and subsequently signed by the Panthers.

After a short stint in the NSW Cup, he made his Panthers debut in late April. Walsh quickly would assert himself as the club’s first choice halfback, a position that the club had struggled to fill since the departure of Craig Gower at the end of 2007.

His best season undoubtedly was 2010, as his kicking game led to a large number of Penrith tries as they finished second on the ladder.

Walsh would be awarded the inaugural Merv Cartwright Medal for player of the year in 2011.

He was also a goal kicker, which made him a handy back up initially, and then later on the first choice, being the club’s top point scorer in 2012 and 2013.

Walsh holds the current record for most goals in a match, landing 11 in the Panthers 62-6 annihilation of the New Zealand Warriors at Penrith in 2013.

Midway through the 2013 season, he was released from his contract, playing out the season, but not before registering 100 NRL appearances for the Panthers. Walsh would head over to the UK Super League, initially with St. Helens and later with the Catalan Dragons.

A serious ankle injury forced Walsh to retire early in the 2018 season, however upon his return to Australia came out of retirement to play for Western Suburbs in the Newcastle competition in 2019.

Last updated 5 November


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