It has been a while since a Jennings has been at the Penrith Panthers but Robert Jennings has returned for 2021.
The local junior departed the Panthers and had stints with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers,
Jennings, still only 24, admits that when the chance came to return to Penrith, he had to take it.
“I was over the moon when I heard there was a chance to come back to Penrith,” Jennings said.
“This is where I grew up, where my career started and this is the place I call home.
No stranger to the system or some of the Panthers players, Jennings is pleased to have the chance to play alongside his mates.
“I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to reunite with so many of the talented players that I came through the grades with,” Jennings continued.
“The last couple of years have been tough but coming back to Panthers is a chance for me to hit the reset button, get back into the hard work and prove that I belong in the NRL.”
The club have always been firm believers about utilising players from their strong junior base and Jennings is no exception.
“This club is at its best when players come through our junior development pathways and progress into the NRL together,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“Robert is an example of a player who was on that path.
“He played his most impressive football alongside a number of the individuals who are currently in our first grade team.”
Likely to be used for depth, Cameron is hopeful that Jennings can find his feet and his form in his Panthers return.
“We see Robert’s return to Panthers as an opportunity for him to rediscover that form while adding some strong depth to our roster,” Cameron continued.