PLAYERS | Kevin Kingston

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Panther 491

105 matches [2010-2014]

64 points [16 tries]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_kingston-kevin.htm

Queensland born hooker who debuted at Cronulla in 2005, before playing at Parramatta in 2009. Their inability to re-sign him due to salary cap restrictions saw him head further west to Penrith, making his club debut in the opening round of the 2010 season.

Initially on a one year contract, his strong performances early in the season saw Kingston’s stay further extended. He would soon become a popular member of the Panthers team.

He continued to provide quality service at the number 9 in the following seasons, and his experience and leadership were awarded midway through the 2012 season when Kingston was given the club captaincy from Luke Lewis.

Upon Lewis’ departure at the end of that season, Kingston was awarded the club captaincy in a permanent capacity for the 2013 season, where he played all 24 matches. It was thought that 2013 may have been his final season at the Panthers, however, he was able to secure a one year contract midway through the season.

In 2014, he would share the captaincy with new signings Jamie Soward and Brent Kite, and would make his 100th appearance for the Panthers. However, he would be restricted to just 9 appearances due to injury. He announced his retirement midway through the season, but came back late in the season for one last NRL appearance before suffering another injury. However, he would recover in time to lead the NSW Cup reserve grade team to premiership glory in late September, seeing his career out on a high.

Post retirement, Kingston has remained at the Panthers in a development role.

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