PLAYERS | Charlie Staines

Panther 595

2 matches [2020]

24 points [6 tries]

Stats: http://mightypanthers.webs.com/players_staines-charlie.htm

Forbes junior who moved to Penrith in 2018, playing part in their SG Ball team. In 2019, he moved up to the Jersey Flegg competition and his performances saw him awarded the club’s Jersey Flegg player of the year as part of the Merv Cartwright Medal.

In 2020 he joined the NRL squad as a development player, making his NRL debut as a last-minute replacement on the wing versus Cronulla at Netstrata Jubilee Oval. After crossing for his debut try in the first half, a second half hat trick saw him bag a total of four in the 56-24 demolition of the Sharks – the highest try tally for a debutant since 2008.

However, he breached the COVID-19 “bubble” requirements and was forced into a 14-day self-isolation. Upon the end of this period, he was made available for the match versus Manly at Lottoland. A double inside the first 20 minutes, in which he showed his lightning speed and acrobatic finishing had him sitting on 6 tries in less than 100 minutes of his fledgling NRL career, but a hamstring injury sustained in the second try saw him sit out the remainder of the game.

Whilst he recovered, he was unable to crack it back in to the 17 for the remainder of the season. In September, he extended his stay at the Panthers until the end of 2023.

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