PLAYERS | Kevin Kingston


Panther 491

105 matches [2010-2014]

64 points [16 tries]


Queensland born hooker who debuted at Cronulla in 2005, before playing at Parramatta in 2009. Their inability to re-sign him due to salary cap restrictions saw him head further west to Penrith, making his club debut in the opening round of the 2010 season.

Initially on a one year contract, his strong performances early in the season saw Kingston’s stay further extended. He would soon become a popular member of the Panthers team.

He continued to provide quality service at the number 9 in the following seasons, and his experience and leadership were awarded midway through the 2012 season when Kingston was given the club captaincy from Luke Lewis.

Upon Lewis’ departure at the end of that season, Kingston was awarded the club captaincy in a permanent capacity for the 2013 season, where he played all 24 matches. It was thought that 2013 may have been his final season at the Panthers, however, he was able to secure a one year contract midway through the season.

In 2014, he would share the captaincy with new signings Jamie Soward and Brent Kite, and would make his 100th appearance for the Panthers. However, he would be restricted to just 9 appearances due to injury. He announced his retirement midway through the season, but came back late in the season for one last NRL appearance before suffering another injury. However, he would recover in time to lead the NSW Cup reserve grade team to premiership glory in late September, seeing his career out on a high.

Post retirement, Kingston has remained at the Panthers in a development role.

PLAYERS | Luke Walsh


Panther 485

107 matches [2009-2013]

358 points [10 tries, 154 goals, 10 field goals]


Newcastle born halfback who had debuted at the Knights in 2007. He played 17 matches before being released early in the 2009 season and subsequently signed by the Panthers.

After a short stint in the NSW Cup, he made his Panthers debut in late April. Walsh quickly would assert himself as the club’s first choice halfback, a position that the club had struggled to fill since the departure of Craig Gower at the end of 2007.

His best season undoubtedly was 2010, as his kicking game led to a large number of Penrith tries as they finished second on the ladder.

Walsh would be awarded the inaugural Merv Cartwright Medal for player of the year in 2011.

He was also a goal kicker, which made him a handy back up initially, and then later on the first choice, being the club’s top point scorer in 2012 and 2013.

Walsh holds the current record for most goals in a match, landing 11 in the Panthers 62-6 annihilation of the New Zealand Warriors at Penrith in 2013.

Midway through the 2013 season, he was released from his contract, playing out the season, but not before registering 100 NRL appearances for the Panthers. Walsh would head over to the UK Super League, initially with St. Helens and later with the Catalan Dragons.

A serious ankle injury forced Walsh to retire early in the 2018 season, however upon his return to Australia came out of retirement to play for Western Suburbs in the Newcastle competition in 2019.

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PLAYERS | Jody Gall


Panther 363

106 matches [1994-1998; 2000-2002]

40 points [10 tries]


Debuting midway through the 1994 season, Gall would become a regular member of a Panthers team throughout the mid to late 1990s, alternating between lock and second row as well as coming off the bench.

He would leave the club at the end of the 1998 season, heading north to the Cowboys where he would play 12 matches in 1999 before returning to the Panthers for the 2000 season.

He would resume being a regular member of the Panthers forward pack, and earned his one and only representative appearance when named for City in 2001. He would make his 100th appearance for the Panthers in his final match in 2001.

A neck injury restricted him to just 5 appearances in 2002, before retiring at the end of that season.

PLAYERS | Michael Gordon


Panther 456

108 matches [2006-2012]

798 points [55 tries, 289 goals]


Originally from Cabarita on the NSW North Coast, Gordon was playing for the Tweed Heads Seagulls in the Queensland Cup when he was signed by the Panthers.

After playing for the reserve grade St. Marys Cougars in 2005, he made his debut early in the 2006 season for the Panthers, as a last minute replacement on the wing.

He would soon be a crowd favourite who could bust tackles and could find his way to the try line.

An accurate goal kicker, he would have to wait until Preston Campbell departed Penrith before being installed as the first choice for 2007.

Gordon would finish the club’s top point scorer with 150 as the Panthers finished with the dreaded wooden spoon. In the coming years, he would continue piling on the points for the Panthers, and being a regular fixture on the outside flanks.

2010 would be his breakout year – he would finish as the NRL’s top point scorer (with 270 points), and also late in the regular season would post a personal points haul of 30 against South Sydney (from 3 tries and 9 goals), which is a club record that still stands today. He would also be shifted to fullback, where he put in a number of scintillating displays. To top it all off, he was named to play for New South Wales in the final match of the State of Origin series.

Early in 2011, he would make his 100th appearance for the Panthers and his form had him in line to be selected again for New South Wales, but would cruelly suffer a season ending knee injury only weeks out from the opening match. Although he only played 10 matches, he would still finish the season as the club’s top point scorer, for the fifth year in a row.

Gordon would return for the opening round of the 2012 season, but would suffer a serious leg injury midway through the first half. This injury would not be season ending, with him returning in late July, however, by then he had announced his intention to leave the Panthers to join the Sharks for 2013. He would leave Penrith 2 short of 800 points for the club, and the third highest of all time, only behind Ryan Girdler and Greg Alexander.

He has become perhaps the current day version of a journeyman, playing three seasons at Cronulla, before having one year stints at both Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters, and finally two seasons at the Gold Coast Titans before retiring at the end of the 2019 season, and being employed on their coaching staff in 2020.

Last updated 17 February 2021

PLAYERS | John Cross


Panther 394

109 matches [1998-2002]

76 points [19 tries]


Cross was a Wollongong junior who debuted at the Illawarra Steelers in 1991.

His arrival at Penrith was delayed as he had signed with Penrith for the 1997 season (who were playing in the Super League competition) but had previously signed a loyalty contract with the Australian Rugby League, and therefore it was blocked. With the reunification of the two competitions to form the NRL in 1998, Cross finally arrived at the Panthers, after playing 137 matches for Illawarra.

He would become well known as a hard working back rower in the Panthers engine room, and was also a renowned leader in the forward pack, being called up to captain the Panthers a number of times during his five year stay at the club.

After playing every match in the disastrous 2001 season, he was limited to just 15 in what would be his last season at the Panthers in 2002.

Cross would return back to Wollongong in 2003, joining the merged St. George Illawarra club, where he would play one final season before retiring.

PLAYERS | Ross Gigg


Panther 111

110 matches [1974-1979; 1982-1984]

113 points [31 tries, 6 goals]


Blacktown junior who had captained the Panthers SG Ball and Jersey Flegg junior sides before being graded by Penrith and making his first grade debut in 1974.

By 1975, he was a regular starter in the Penrith line up, mostly as a centre. His performances saw him being awarded the player of the year award at season’s end.

Gigg continued to provide good service to the Panthers throughout the 1970s, being the club’s top try scorer in 1978. A serious knee injury restricted him to only 2 appearances in 1979, and at season’s end, he would leave the club, heading west to play for the Lithgow Shamrocks in the Group 10 competition.

He would return to the Panthers in 1982, providing an experienced head in a young Panthers team seemingly on the rise. He would play each match in 1984 as the Panthers fell agonisingly short of a maiden finals appearance. He would also make his 100th appearance for the Panthers that season, before entering retirement.

Post playing career, Gigg entered into sports administration – first as assistant secretary at the Panthers, before being the CEO of the Western Australian Rugby League and then CEO of the Newcastle Harness Club.

Sadly, he passed away in 2014, aged 62 of a heart attack.

PLAYERS | Matthew Bell


Panther 457

110 matches [2006-2011]

4 points [1 try]


Recruited from the Souths Logan club in Brisbane, Bell made his first grade debut at the Panthers midway through the 2006.

He would play the large majority of his matches off the bench, but occasionally started either in the second or front row.

He would only score one try whilst at Penrith, and it was a memorable one, running almost 50 metres off a line break to score against the Bulldogs in 2008.

Bell would make his 100th appearance in his final season at the Panthers in 2011.

He would join the Wests Tigers, where he would play 32 matches across two seasons before returning to Queensland and playing out his career with the Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup.

PLAYERS | Brad Tighe


Panther 473

113 matches [2008-2013]

164 points [41 tries]


Moree junior who debuted at Newcastle in 2005, playing 44 matches across 3 seasons before arriving at the Panthers in 2008.

Tighe would soon become a regular selection in the Penrith backline, chiefly in the centres but occasionally on the wing.

He would run out for his 100th appearance for the Panthers in 2012 but would have an injury plagued 2013 season. Early in 2014, he was released two years early from his contract, leaving the club to go to the Gold Coast Titans.

Tighe retired from the NRL when he left the Titans at the end of 2015, however has since played in both the first grade and second tier Newcastle competitions.

PLAYERS | Col Bentley


Panther 252

114 matches [1986-1992; 1995]

48 points [12 tries]


Originally from the NSW north coast village of Cudgen, Bently made his first grade debut in 1986. Whilst not a prolific try scorer, he earnt a reputation as a safe, defensive centre.

In 1991, he would make his 100th first grade appearance for the Panthers, and was selected as a starting centre in the victorious 1991 grand final, however, was replaced just before half time by Brad Izzard.

Bentley would be released at the end of 1992, and would be at Manly for two seasons (primarily in reserve grade, where he was captain). He returned for to Penrith for one final season in 1995, playing six matches in the second half of the season before retiring.

Post retirement, he was first of all a member of the NRL judiciary in the late 1990s before being elected as a member of the Panthers board of directors.

PLAYERS | Barry Walker


Panther 279

118 matches [1988-1996]

36 points [9 tries]


Hard working forward who debuted in 1988 and by 1990 was a regular starting player, chiefly in the second row, and was a member of the Panthers victorious grand final winning team in 1991.

Walker continued to provide good service to Penrith into the mid-1990s, shifting to the front row in 1993. He would make his 100th appearance for the Panthers towards the end of the 1994 season.

A succession of injuries would result in his premature retirement at the end of 1996.

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