105 matches [2016-2022]
122 points [30 tries, 1 field goal]
North Coast (Dorrigo) junior who played junior grades for the Panthers before being a member of their 2015 premiership winning Under 20s team in 2015.
Whilst still in the Under 20s squad in 2016, he was selected for the Junior Kangaroos and soon after made his NRL debut in 2016, starting in the centres against Cronulla at Pepper Stadium. It would be his solitary NRL appearance and would later be named in the Under 20s team of the year.
In 2017 he would be named in the NRL squad. When club captain Matt Moylan was moved to five-eighth, Edwards was able to secure the number 1 jersey in his preferred position of fullback. He would make 16 appearances in his second season, crossing for 2 tries.
The Panthers custodian would only make 8 appearances in 2018, suffering a season ending shoulder injury in April.
He would return in 2019, playing in the first five matches before being dropped to the NSW Cup. However, he would fight his way back a month later and once again secured the starting fullback position, making a total of 20 appearances.
An injury disrupted season in 2020 saw him miss the first four months and another few weeks later on, but still made 14 appearances. One of his strengths is his support play, and was best typified with his try in the preliminary final win over South Sydney, where he finished off a mid field line break and touched down under the posts.
As part of the ‘spine’, he was a key member of the 2021 premiership winning squad, making a total of 21 appearances and played through an ankle injury in the finals series. He also potted a rare two point field goal in their win over the Broncos in Round 19.
In 2022, he made his 100th NRL appearance in the Round 21 win over Canberra. He was awarded the Merv Cartwright Medal for the player of the year in September, and was then awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for the player of the match in the Panthers grand final victory over Parramatta. This was further recognised by being named as an emergency player in the Australian World Cup squad but unfortunately would not make the final cut.
Page last updated 17 November 2022