Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has re-signed for the Panthers.
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has re-signed for the Panthers. JULIAN SMITH

New deal for young Panthers star

PENRITH has been handed a huge boost with star winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak signing a new three-year deal.

The 21-year-old said it was a no-brainer to re-sign for the Panthers.

"The decision to re-sign with the Panthers was an easy one to make," Watene-Zelezniak said on Monday.

"Penrith has been my home since I was a kid and it has always been my dream to play first grade for the Panthers.

"I consider myself very lucky to be able to live that dream at such a fantastic club."

The New Zealand international has been an integral part of the Panthers' backline since making his first grade debut in 2014. He made his debut for the Kiwis last year.

Watene-Zelezniak's new deal leaves only a few key Panthers players off cotract at the end of this season, including Dean Whare, Sitaleki Akauola and Viliame Kikau.

The Panthers were many people's favourites for the NRL title and sit eighth on the ladder with two wins from their opening five games, including the weekend defeat to the Melbourne Storm.