It’s official; Moylan parts with the Panthers; set to join Cronulla in 2018

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    Just one year after signing a contract extension that would tie him to Penrith until 2021, Panthers skipper Matt Moylan has been released from his contract by the club.

    Rumours the Windsor Wolves junior was unhappy at the club had circulated all year, especially in light of a club-imposed suspension for drinking and breaking team curfew in Melbourne.

    Moylan took personal leave on the eve of the Panthers finals campaign amid rumours he had fallen out with coach Anthony Griffin and was also suffering from mental health issues.

    His desire to return to the side and play in their eventual semi-final loss to Brisbane was reportedly scuttled by the club.

    Just two months after Penrith boss Phil Gould said publically, “we can confirm Matt is 100 per cent committed to his future at the Panthers and we are 100 per cent committed to Matt,” the executive was forced to issue a very different statement today.

    “I’m sure I speak for everyone here at Panthers in wishing Matt all the best for this next phase of his life,” it read.

    The long-time fullback made the shift to five-eighth in 2017 after he was trialed in the position by New South Wales in last year’s State of Origin series.

    His decision to join Cronulla over the other frontrunners Wests Tigers allegedly had much to do with the Sharks allowing him to play in the halves, while the Tigers were keen on him replacing James Tedesco at No. 1.

    Manly’s rumoured pursuit of the 26-year-old cooled off due to his salary demands and Penrith’s large transfer fee.