Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. pic Mark Evans
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. pic Mark Evans

Panthers star to miss round one of NRL season

PENRITH'S pre-season preparations have been dealt a blow with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to miss round one with injury.

The Kiwi winger suffered a high ankle sprain and will spend six weeks on the sideline, ruling him of the season opener against the Eels.

The 22-year old is aiming for a round two return against the Rabbitohs.

His loss will mean a reshuffle in the backline which could see Waqa Blake move out to the wing with Tyrone Peachey moving into the centres.

Others in contention include Christian Crichton, Caleb Aekins and Tom Eisenhuth.



Dallin Watene Zelezniak scores a try in the corner.
Dallin Watene Zelezniak scores a try in the corner.



Tuesday's news comes only days after the Panthers announced they were releasing star Bryce Cartwright from his long-term deal at the club.

Once viewed as the type of player coach Anthony Griffin could build his side around, Cartwright was let go to the Titans last week.

"It's obviously disappointing to be releasing a player like Bryce Cartwright, however, we appreciate his desire to seek such a change," Phil Gould said.

"We hope that this move proves successful for Bryce, both on and off the field.

"Hopefully some time in the future he finds his way back to Panthers.

"We wish Bryce and his young family all the very best."