PLAYERS | Brent Naden


Panther 587

36 matches [2019-2021]

96 points [24 tries]


Wellington (western NSW) junior who was signed by the Panthers as a teenager and was the captain of the premiership winning Under 20s team in 2015.

He later went to Newcastle and then Canberra, where he played NSW Cup before returning to Penrith in 2019.

Although not starting the season as part of the 30 man NRL squad, he received a call up in May to make his NRL debut versus Manly when the NRL granted an injury related exemption. Weeks later he was upgraded to the NRL squad.

In 12 appearances he crossed for eight tries, including an individual 80 metre effort against the Warriors in Auckland.

In 2020, he played in the first two matches before the COVID enforced hiatus, however would not return until Round 8. He would alternate between centre and wing, and would score 12 tries as part of a scintillating backline. He was dropped to the bench for the preliminary final versus South Sydney (but would not ply any minutes), and was once again named on the bench in the grand final loss to Melbourne.

Post-match, he tested positive for cocaine use. Luckily, he escaped a heavy sanction but was made unavailable for NRL selection at the start of the 2021 season, and ran out for the Knock On Effect side. In late April, he signed with Canterbury for 2022 and beyond, however was not released early, and finally made his 2021 NRL debut in the Round 16 win over Parramatta. In his final season, he was limited to only 7 appearances, with his final appearance being in the semi final versus Parramatta. However, he was named as the 18th man for the grand final (as a concussion sub).

In 2022, he started the season at Canterbury, however, he was released mid-season and signed with Wests Tigers, where he is currently contracted until the end of the 2025 season.

Last updated 17 November 2022


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