PLAYERS | Isaah Yeo

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Panther 537

173 matches [2014-2021]

84 points [21 tries]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_yeo-issah.htm

Dubbo junior (St. Johns and Dubbo CYMS) who was part of the victorious Under 20s premiership winning team in 2013. After being a member of the Auckland Nines squad in the 2014 pre-season, he would make his first-grade debut in the opening round. Although he was a chiefly a forward in the lower grades, Yeo would play the majority of his 10 matches in his debut season in the centres.

In 2015, he had established himself as a regular member of the Panthers squad, playing 21 matches, starting in the forwards and then once again demonstrating his versatility by playing the second half of the season in the centres to cover for a growing injury toll.

Over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, his durability saw him miss just one match during that time (in 2017), as well as one of the most consistently reliable performers, not only for Penrith but in the competition. He earnt his first representative jumper in 2016, being named for Country.

In 2018, his leadership qualities were rewarded when he was made club captain, skippering the club for four matches later in the season. During that time, he also made his 100th NRL appearance for the Panthers. His season was capped off with the honour of being named the player of the year when he was awarded the Merv Cartwright Medal.

An injury disrupted 2019 resulted in 18 appearances and was named as part of a five man captaincy group at the start of the season and despite suffering injury still made 18 appearances.

His great form in 2020 saw him named the best lock in the competition at the Dally M awards and later was named in the NSW squad for the end of season State of Origin series, making his debut in Game 2 and retained his spot in the 17 for Game 3.

In 2021 he was named as co-captain alongside Nathan Cleary. Early in the season, he became only the 17th player to make his 150th first grade appearance for Penrith. Just like 2020, he once again gained selection for NSW, this time playing all three matches, and was also named at lock in the Dally M team of the year. He made 25 out of a possible 28 appearances in 2021, and along with the number of accolades already is a being premiership winning captain alongside Cleary.

Page last updated 12 November 2021

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