Will Smith to join Panthers for 2014
Tuesday 25 June 2013 1:45 PM
Newcastle Knights utility Will Smith will leave the Club at the end of the 2013 season after agreeing to terms with the Penrith Panthers.
The Knights junior had an option to stay on at the Club for the 2014 season but has instead decided to take up a two-year contract with the Panthers.
"I am really grateful for everything the Knights have given me over the years,” he told newcastleknights.com.au.
“I have really enjoyed my time here and deciding to leave not only the Knights but also my hometown hasn’t been easy.
“I believe that joining the Panthers is the best option for me at this point in my career.”
After spending three years with the under 20’s side, Smith was promoted to the full time squad this season and has been playing in the NSW Cup competition.
'Will has recognised that as an outside back at our Club he currently sits behind the young and talented Aku Uate, Dane Gagai, Joey Leulia and James McManus,” CEO Matt Gidley said
“We understand that Will is looking for an opportunity to play NRL and we wish him the best of luck for his future.”