PLAYERS | David Simmons

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Panther 495

88 matches [2010-2015]

200 points [49 tries, 2 goals]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_simmons-david.htm

Cronulla junior who debuted in 2002 at the Sharks, playing 112 matches across seven seasons before joining Penrith for the 2010 season.

A pre-season injury kept him out until midway through the season however would play just the one NRL match that season – but it was an important one, scoring the match winning try against the Dragons at Kogarah Oval.

However, by 2011, he would be a regular starter, playing 23 matches, mostly on the wing but occasionally at fullback, and would be the club’s joint top try scorer with 12 (sharing it with Lachlan Coote).

Simmons would establish himself as a reliable performer for the Panthers on the flanks. He would cross for 19 tries in 2013, which was top of the charts for Penrith, and also for the NRL competition, although he shared that record with two other players. His
deeds also saw him awarded the Merv Cartwright Medal for the Panthers player of the year.

Injuries would restrict him to 24 appearances across the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Towards the end of the 2015, he announced his retirement, finishing once again as the club’s top try scorer with 9, and appointed as captain in his final match in the last
premiership round versus Newcastle – he was also given the customary final conversion after the Panthers scored a try with three minutes remaining, which allowed him to finish with 200 points for the Panthers.

Post retirement, he has pursued a career in theology with the intent of entering the Anglican ministry.

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