Panthers stand by Jennings


Penrith manager Phil Gould has denied reports the Panthers were ready to rip up centre Michael Jennings‘ contract following his latest indiscretion.

Gould has admitted meeting with Jennings after the NSW and Australia star’s alleged Anzac Day drinking binge, but denies his future with the club was on the line.

“Contrary to some media reports, there has never been any suggestion of the Panthers Board needing to meet to discuss the future of Michael Jennings,” Gould said in a statement.

“I met with Michael and his manager last week to remind him of certain obligations under his contract, and his need for responsibility in adhering to those requirements. The matter in question did not require any action from the club at this time.”

“Both Michael and his manager appreciated the timing of the conversation and the matter ended with that meeting.”

Gould punished Jennings late last year after the 24-year-old turned up drunk to a Panthers training session.

He was dropped to reserve grade and forced to pay for tickets worth around $20,000 and hand them out to fans at half time during the Panthers’ round 23 match at home to Wests Tigers.