PLAYERS | Brett Howland


Panther 433

30 matches [2003-2005]

32 points [8 tries]


Cronulla junior who debuted for the Sharks in 1997 and after four seasons moved to the Bulldogs in 2001. After not playing any first grade in 2002, he signed with the Panthers in 2003.

Nicknamed ‘Whippet’ due to his quick pace, Howland made his NRL debut for the Panthers was in the second round against Melbourne at Olympic Park, and would make a total of 13 appearances that season, all on the wing. He would not be part of the regular 17 that played through the finals that culminated in grand final glory, however he was a part of the St. Mary’s-Penrith Cougars outfit that also made the grand final.

As somewhat of a consolation, he travelled to England in early 2004, playing on the wing in their World Club Challenge loss to Bradford. After playing in the opening round match versus Newcastle, he would not be selected for the NRL team again until mid-season, playing another six matches, including one off the bench and one as the starting fullback.

In 2005, just like the previous two seasons, he was once again viewed as a squad player, filling in the top grade when needed either on the wing or at fullback and doing a job.

He would play one final season at Penrith in 2006 but whilst part of the NRL squad he spent the entire season playing for the Cougars and retired at the end of the season.


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