Posted: 28 October, 2016 by Triple M NRL

Mitch Rein Signs

Penrith have thrown Mitch Rein a NRL lifeline, signing him to a two-year deal.

After being told by St George Illawarra he would not be given a new contract, the 26-year-old hooker on Friday announced a move to the foot of the mountains.

Once touted as a future NSW State of Origin representative, Rein's stocks took a slide during the Dragons' ordinary 2016 campaign.

Rein, who made 132 appearances since debuting in 2011, reportedly asked the Dragons for $450,000 a season, a figure the club refused to pay.

He will join the Panthers as a back-up to veteran Peter Wallace.

"I am really excited to be joining the Panthers," Rein said.

"It's a young team with so much potential and the training facilities are world class, like nothing else I have seen in the NRL."

Wallace has undergone a late-career revival after being shifted into the No.9 jersey in 2016 by coach Anthony Griffin.

The two-time NSW Country representative faces a tough task to break into the Panthers' top 17, with promising youngster Sione Katoa also coming through the ranks.

"Mitch is a representative-class player and will provide our roster with tremendous depth and competition in key positions," Panthers executive general manager Phil Gould said.

"I'd also like to think this could turn into a long-term association down the track."

 Read the full statement below.

Panthers Official Statement

On behalf of the Panthers Board of Directors, the club is delighted to announce Mitch Rein has signed a two-year deal with the Panthers.

The 26-year-old hooker joins the club from St George Illawarra Dragons, where he played 132 NRL games over six seasons.

"I am really excited to be joining the Panthers," Rein said.

"It's a young team with so much potential and the training facilities are world-class, like nothing else I have seen in the NRL.

"I can’t wait to join the squad in the preseason to work hard and prepare for 2017."

Hailing from Kiama on the south coast of NSW, Rein represented the Country Origin side in 2014 and 2015.

Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said Rein will be a valuable addition to the club’s playing roster in 2017.

"It is very much to our club's advantage to pick up such a high-calibre footballer for great value just prior to the commencement of our off-season training program," he said.

"Mitch is a representative-class player and will provide our roster with tremendous depth and competition in key positions. I’d also like to think this could turn into a long-term association down the track.

"For now though, we are delighted to welcome Mitch to the Panthers. This is a tremendous signing."

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