THE Penrith Panthers will be playing in Bathurst until almost 2030 under a new agreement announced on Thursday.
Bathurst Regional Council and the Penrith Panthers have extended their partnership – in which a Panthers National Rugby League game is played once a year in Bathurst – until 2028.
Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger said the deal is great news for the city and the supporters of the game.
“The ongoing relationship with Panthers follows the success of the original agreement which has been in place for four years,” he said.
“We have built a successful relationship with the Panthers over the course of our current agreement and I look forward to continuing this over the next decade.”
The Penrith Panthers will play the Canberra Raiders on June 10 this year.
In a statement on Penrith’s website, Panthers executive general manager rugby league Phil Gould reiterated the relationship between Panthers and Bathurst Regional Council is about much more than just an annual NRL fixture.
"We are delighted to now enter into this agreement to continue the association for another ten seasons," Gould said.
"Our coaching and development staff have been outstanding in providing junior league coaching clinics and Panthers coaching programs to the Bathurst area. Kids and parents have come from miles around to take advantage of these clinics.
"It's our intention to improve and expand these Panthers Academy programs over the next decade."