The Penrith Panthers have confirmed their NRL squad for next season, which includes the elevation of rookie Harrison Hassett Jim to the Top 30 roster.
One of the best back-rowers coming through the ranks, Hassett has continually shown his explosiveness on the edge of the field and has been compared to international star Liam Martin.
The Under-19s NSW representative and St Marys junior decided to remain at the club despite interest from The Dolphins that would have seen him join former SG Ball teammate Isaiya Katoa.
It is understood that the newly founded club thought they had secured the forward, only for him to change his heart at the 11th hour.
Hassett’s elevation to the Top 30 roster means the Penrith Panthers only have two available spots left.
While there have been no rumours on which players will be awarded the spots, it will likely be given to players coming through the club’s pathways teams.
The squad will remain mostly the same for next season despite losing five players: Jack Cogger, Stephen Crichton, Tom Jenkins, Spencer Leniu and Jaeman Salmon.
In their place, Paul Alamoti has been picked up from the Bulldogs, DainLe Laurie will rejoin the club after a stint with the Wests Tigers, and Brad Schneider will take the role of a back-up half following a stint in the Super League.