Penrith Panthers 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis

The Panthers are hoping the Cleary connection can take them all the way in 2019

Tue, 26 Feb, 12:00 AM

Penrith Panthers


Finished in 2018: 5th (15 wins, 9 losses)

Key ins: Tim Grant & Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (Wests Tigers), Tyrell Fuimaono (Rabbitohs), Hame Sele (Dragons)

Key outs: Christian Crichton & Corey Harawira-Naera (Bulldogs), Tyrone Peachey (Titans), Corey Waddell (Sea Eagles), Trent Merrin (Leeds), Peter Wallace & Tim Browne (Retired)

Coach: Ivan Cleary

Captain(s): James Maloney

James Maloney


Summary: The Panthers and their supporters are eager to put the Cleary & Cleary product out on the pitch in 2019. After swallowing his pride, Gus Gould got his man; Ivan Cleary has signed a 5-year coaching deal with the Penrith Panthers. Ivan’s brand of starchy defensive oriented footy is exactly what the Panthers need after a disappointing season which saw them need to overcome a deficit in 10 of their 15 wins. The Panthers have a strong roster as they boast arguably the strongest development system in the league. This team has the spine and NRL IQ throughout the roster to really start to live up to pre-season expectation. Maloney’s pedigree and the talent in Nathan Cleary will really heat the competition up in 2019.


Key stat: The Panthers ranked #5 in line breaks and tackle breaks in 2018.

Round 1: Panthers v Eels

Sunday, 17 March, 4:00 PM – Panthers Stadium

Penrith Panthers logo Penrith Panthers   –  $1.50*  
Parramatta Eels logo

Parramatta Eels – $2.85*


2019 Premiership odds: $10* with Sportsbet

Best Dally M Chance: Nathan Cleary

Prediction: Panthers to finish Top 4 ($2.75* with Sportsbet)


*Prices correct at time of publishing

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