Watene-Zelezniak set to split with Panthers

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/watene-zelezniak-set-to-split-with-panthers-20190522-p51q7c.html

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has likely played his last game for Penrith after he was granted permission to negotiate with rival clubs.

Watene-Zelezniak wants out of the Panthers after he was dropped from the NRL side to face Parramatta on Thursday. The Eels are seeking a centre and are prepared to immediately accommodate the Kiwis captain if he can gain a release. Wests Tigers could be another option due to his strong connection with coach Michael Maguire, who made him captain of the New Zealand national side.

The man dubbed ‘DWZ’ hasn’t been selected for Penrith’s reserve grade clash with Wentworthville Magpies, meaning he is unlikely to wear the club’s colours again.

“Earlier this week, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak’s management sought permission from Panthers to speak with other NRL clubs regarding Dallin’s immediate and future playing career,” the Panthers said in a statement. “This permission was granted following discussions by the club’s retention and recruitment committee.

“Out of respect for all parties, the club will be making no further comment at this time.”

Watene-Zelezniak is on a lucrative contract that expires next year and the Panthers may be forced to pay part of his freight in order to get him off their books.

Ivan Cleary refused to discuss Watene-Zelezniak’s axing, or the return of Regan Campbell-Gillard and Josh Mansour to his first-grade team during his pre-game press conference.

"I don’t want to discuss selection,” Cleary said.

“I don’t think it’s fair on anyone. It’s an internal thing again, speaking in school.

"Clearly we’re looking for change. A lot of people here, including myself aren’t performing well enough. Sometimes you’re going to make some changes.

I think I aw something about this in a few other threads…

Is he coming to Wests Tigers…?

@Geo Probably Tigers. There was rumour of him signing with Eels. But seeing as Maguire has coached him before in the Kiwis team, there’s chance he’ll sign with us

@Geo Hypothetical Eels do end up with him, every chance they’ll be over the salary cap, with them still having to re-sign Moses, etc. Or they’ll have to release a few players which I can’t see them doing.

Intresting if we do get him…

what other positions can he play apart from fullback?

just wondering

Fullback, Wing, Centre. Pretty handy

didnt madge make him captain?

That’s why Tigers are currently shopping Packer around to free up some money

He has been terrible this year, should be a perfect fit.

@Tiger_Fan18 said in Watene-Zelezniak set to split with Panthers:

@Geo Hypothetical Eels do end up with him, every chance they’ll be over the salary cap, with them still having to re-sign Moses, etc. Or they’ll have to release a few players which I can’t see them doing.

Maybe they can give us Blake Ferguson…

I’d pick him up for sure. Good hit ups, doesn’t mind tackling and good speed, decent under the bomb…

a change of location might just spark him up…

how long have we signed Madge for… sorry bout the random question… just wanting to know…

@TheDaBoss I think it’s was a 3 yr deal. Not sure

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