Penrith had planned on forward-paying their biggest stars, however officials on Wednesday morning altered their budget to chase Tevita Pangai jnr instead.
The Penrith Panthers have pulled off a stunning mid-season coup, this morning reshuffling the decks to make the necessary salary cap space to sign Tevita Pangai jnr for the remainder of the year.
In what is a huge boost to the clubs premiership hopes, Penrith chief executive Brian Fletcher told the Herald on Wednesday morning that the club now had the space in the salary cap to sign the Brisbane forward.
Tevita Pangai Junior could be heading to the Penrith Panthers next week.Credit:NRL Photos
The club had originally budgeted on forward-paying the 2022 contracts of their highest paid players before the August cut-off, however officials have overnight altered their budget plans to sign Pangai instead.
The Broncos are prepared to offset the remainder of his wage for the 2021 season paying almost half of his salary for the last three months. The deal will be finalised in the next 24 hours after the Panthers contacted Pangais manager Matt Desira on Wednesday morning. He has since reached out to Brisbane to strike a deal.
It was only a couple of weeks ago, and confirmed by the club on Tuesday, that Penrith had decided against pursuing the Canterbury-bound forward in a cameo role for 2021.
However, prop James Fisher-Harris will now return home for the birth of his child after this weekends game, opening the door for the discussions to recommence.
James Fisher-Harris will return home after this weekends game against Brisbane.Credit:Getty
Fisher-Harris will not be allowed back into the NRL bubble before serving a 14-day quarantine period on his own inside a Queensland hotel, and as a result could miss rounds 20 to 22.
The Panthers had originally hoped they would be granted an exemption to bring him straight back into the bubble but that has been denied.