Panthers prop Spencer Leniu set to sign with Roosters for 2024

Premiership winner Spencer Leniu will depart the Panthers at the end of the year, with the front-rower set to join the Roosters on a long-term deal.

The 22-year-old has received plenty of interest from rival NRL clubs in recent months, with a starting position at Penrith unlikely with both James Fisher-Harris and Moses Leota establishing themselves over the past three years.

The local junior told The Sporting News two weeks ago that a decision on his future was in the hands of his management, but no deals had been tabled to him. 

But in a huge development just days out from the side’s Round 1 clash with Brisbane, Penrith have officially confirmed that Leniu will move on in 2024.

“Although it’s disappointing to see a Panthers junior sign with another NRL club, we understand Spencer is a premiership winner and international player, who has received external interest,” Panthers CEO Matt Cameron said.

“Panthers thanks Spencer for his efforts for the club and is looking forward to seeing him run out for the Panthers for the remainder of the 2023 NRL season.”

With 62 first grade appearances and a World Cup campaign to his name already, Leniu is emerging as one of the game’s best young forwards and his next move could take him to the next level. 

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Leniu will link up with the Bondi-based outfit next season on a multi-year agreement, with the Roosters likely looking to replace veteran enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. 

He will join the likes of Lindsay Collins, Matt Lodge and Victor Radley in a star-studded middle-forward rotation at the Tricolours. 

Leniu isn’t the only Panthers star who won’t be at the club following the 2023 campaign, with centre Stephen Crichton inking a big-money deal with the Bulldogs. 

Despite the reports, the Roosters are yet to confirm the signing of Leniu, which is expected in the coming days. 

More to come…

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