PLAYERS | Wayne Peckham

Panther 9

44 matches [1967-1969]

35 points [11 tries, 1 field goal]


Centre from Moree, who was part of the widespread country recruitment when Penrith was promoted to the Sydney premiership in 1967.

He made his first-grade debut in Penrith’s first ever premiership match, as a starting centre versus Canterbury.

He quickly developed a reputation as a tough and wily centre, and also was the first player of indigenous background to represent the new club. In total, he would play 21 of the 22 matches in the Panthers inaugural season, crossing for five tries and also kicking one field goal.

In 1968, he was once again a regular member of the of the first-grade team, appearing in 20 matches.

In 1969, he made just three appearances, playing the majority of the season in reserve grade.

It would be his final season, joining Canterbury in 1970, where he would make 26 appearances across three seasons and would retire at the end of the 1972 season.

He passed away in 2016 at the age of 72.


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