Penrith Panthers upgrade Matt Burton’s deal

Penrith Panthers have promoted playmaker Matt Burton to the club’s top 30 squad.

The 19-year-old has penned a deal with the Panthers first-team until the end of the 2021 season. He has made one NRL appearance to date.

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary said: “Matt has quickly progressed through our junior development system and played well at every level to this point.

“His performance on NRL debut showed he possesses both the skill and the temperament required to handle the challenge of first-grade.

“If Matt continues to work hard, we are confident he will enjoy a successful career in the NRL.”

Burton added: “To join the club’s top 30 list is an exciting moment for me and I’m really grateful for the opportunity.

“The last 12 months has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

“My focus is now on doing the work needed to earn a spot in the NRL team and I’m really optimistic about what we can achieve as a club this season.”

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