PLAYERS | Geoff Daniela

Panther 465

30 matches [2007-2009; 2012-2013]

60 points [15 tries]


Auckland born St. Mary’s junior who was part of the victorious 2006 Jersey Flegg grand final side.

In 2007, he was elevated to the Premier League squad and after some strong performances made his NRL debut against the Wests Tigers at CUA Stadium. Coming off the bench, he scored a second half try as the Panthers fell just short of a potential come from behind win. The following week he made his run on debut, starting on the wing in the upset victory over Manly. In total, he made 10 appearances in 2007, crossing for 7 tries.

Whilst being part of the NRL squad in both 2008 and 2009, his appearances were limited to 10 across both seasons as either a starting centre or winger, however returned a decent strike rate of 5 tries from his 6 appearances in 2009.

In 2010, he joined the Wests Tigers, making 15 appearances across two seasons before returning in 2012 as one of a host of experienced player signings.

In his second stint at the Panthers, he was once again a squad player, making 10 appearances across both 2012 and 2013. He started at centre in the first two matches of the 2013 season but would ultimately be his final matches in the NRL. In 2012 he made his international debut for his native Cook Islands.

He once again departed at the end of 2013, playing for the Illawarra Cutters in the NSW Cup, and would remain playing in the lower tiers, captaining St. Mary’s in the Ron Massey Cup in 2019.

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