PLAYERS | Nathan Barnes


Panther 323

12 matches [1992-1993]

8 points [2 tries]


Cambridge Park junior who holds a club record of being the youngest ever player to appear in first grade at Penrith – at 17 years and 32 days, he made his first grade debut for the Panthers, starting on the wing in the Round 21 1992 match versus Cronulla at Penrith Stadium. He retained his spot on the wing in the final round loss to the Gold Coast.

In 1993, he was in and around the first grade team, playing in 10 of the 22 matches, and would alternate between starting winger and centre as well as five of those appearances being off the bench. In the Round 13 win versus Newcastle, he crossed for a double, which remained his only two tries in first grade.

In 1994 he joined Newcastle, where he played two seasons before returning to Sydney and signing with Parramatta in 1996 and after being released at the end of 1999 had one last season at Canberra before retiring at just age 25 at the end of the 2000 season. However, he would come out of retirement in 2002 as captain coach of the Windsor Wolves in the third-tier Jim Beam Cup before retiring again at the end of 2005.


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