Ex-Super League star reveals he always wanted NRL return

Jack Cogger left Huddersfield Giants at the end of 2022.

It was unknown what would become of Cogger following his departure but his new club has now been confirmed.

Cogger has joined NRL Champions Penrith Panthers as they look to make it three titles on the bounce.

The versatile halfback of course won’t be first choice with the World Class Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary owning the six and seven jerseys at the club, but because of their inevitable representative duties, Cogger will get game time whilst injuries could enable him to play alongside a pair who could be considered the best in the world.

Cogger has signed a one-year deal with the Panthers and featured in the World Club Challenge against St Helens.

“On behalf of all at Panthers, we look forward to welcoming Jack to the club ahead of the new season,” Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron said on signing.

“Jack joins the club with NRL experience and will add depth to the Panthers top 30 squad. The opportunity Jack has to work alongside representative halves Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai will also be beneficial to his game.

Now Cogger has revealed that he always wanted to come back to the NRL during his time in Super League.

“I always in the back of my head knew I wanted to come back,” Cogger said to the West Australian.

“I’d like to think I’m a better player now.

“I had a role at Huddersfield to play, and they gave me the opportunity to play a decent amount of games and be that dominant player.

“I am a lot better, more mature. And I would like to think when the opportunity comes up I will be able to do that for the Panthers.”

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