Five more years for prop

Re-signed: Sam McKendry has signed a new contract with the Panthers. Picture: Andy Zakeli

Re-signed: Sam McKendry has signed a new contract with the Panthers. Picture: Andy Zakeli

SAM McKendry is poised to do the unthinkable in modern rugby league: become a one-club player. The 25-year-old, who was contracted until the end of the 2016 season, extended his stay at the foot of the mountains until the end of the 2019 season. Five more years for a five-star prop.

"I couldn't be happier to be staying on with Penrith and to be playing out the next five years with the club," McKendry said.

"We have a really solid team at the moment and Ivan Cleary is an incredible leader, and I see a really bright future here with plenty more to come."

Since making his debut in 2008, McKendry has been a player the Panthers have come to rely on.

Again on Monday night he made his usual mistake free 30 tackles and 10 hit-ups as the Panthers kept pace with the top four with a 23-22 win against the Cowboys.

If he can stay reasonably fit the 200-game mark is a realistic goal for the New Zealand international.

Panthers general manager of rugby league Phil Moss said McKendry has been a great asset to the club.

"We couldn't be happier to have Sam staying with the club. He has always been one of our most consistent players and we are confident he still has a lot of good football to play," he said.

"His commitment to the Panthers club is second to none, and we're looking forward to sharing his career with him."

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