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NRL giants set to swoop for Super League star after £3.1 million deal

Penrith Panthers are set to lose one of their key players at the end of the 2024 season.

Stand-off Jarome Luai is set to join the Wests Tigers in 2025 in a move worth £3.1 million which will see his partnership with Nathan Cleary come to an end after years of amazing success from the duo.

Luai is currently battling to return to fitness in time for the World Club Challenge against Wigan Warriors. The Panthers though may have to get used to life without him however.

The Panthers are already assessing their options and could look to sign a Super League halfback with the likes of Lewis Dodd and Josh Drinkwater out of contract at the end of the 2024 season.

The Panthers are willing to assess all their options including those already at the club.

Luai backs current crop over Super League recruit

Former Hull KR and Super League star Brad Schneider

Hull KR v Leigh Leopards Picture by Will Palmer/ – 12/08/2023 – Rugby League – Betfred Challenge Cup Final – Hull KR v Leigh Leopards – Wembley Stadium, London, England – Brad Schneider of Hull Kingston Rovers looks on dejected after their sides loss to Leigh Leopards in the Betfred Challenge Cup Final London England Copyright: x xSWpix.comxt/axPhotographyxHubxLtdxWillxPalmer/SWpix.comx SWP-2243-0037

Despite this, Luai himself has backed the current options at the club to replace him with former Hull KR and Canberra Raiders halfback Brad Schneider one of the options who could take the number six shirt.

“They’re all guns, man. They’re all training really well. Good luck to coach, but personally I don’t think they need to shop around for anyone else,” he said on the Daily Telegraph.

“Where I can mentor or help them through the year, if they’ve got any questions for me, I’m definitely the first one to put my hand up.”

Luai said he and Laurie had similar playing styles, “It’s good to see him back, he’s a massive part of the group. He’s got that character where you can sort of always hear him. He’s like me, a bit.”

Luai also spoke about his exit from the club: “There were no tears, and we were in discussion about it beforehand anyway.

“It was a tough thing to do, but I just wanted it to be over and dealt with before I came back just to give them the courtesy and respect that I’m all about this year.”

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