Posted: 10 November, 2016
Panthers Sign NRL Player Of The Future
Penrith have netted another rising star
Penrith have netted another Cartwright after signing Jed on a three-year deal with the NRL club on Thursday.
The 20-year-old son of Panthers legend John was granted a release from Gold Coast and immediately began training with his new teammates on Thursday.
"Jed has shown tremendous potential coming through age-group football and is now ready to commence the next stage of his development," Panthers boss Phil Gould said.
"We believe he is an NRL player of the future."
Like cousin and Penrith star Bryce, Jed is a rangy backrower who spent the bulk of his junior footy moving between the centres and second row.
He was listed at 195cm and 104kg at the Titans last year.
Penrith's major end-of-season award is named after Jed's grandfather Merv, who was integral in helping the Panthers into the NSWRL in 1967.
Should he make his NRL debut next year, Jed will become the sixth Cartwright to pull on a Panthers jumper, including uncles Cliff, David and Michael.
His dad, John, played 188 games for the club, eight State of Origin games for NSW, seven Tests, and was a key member of Penrith's 1991 premiership team.
"We are absolutely delighted to have another Cartwright representing our club. It's only natural that Jed should be playing here with the Panthers," Gould said.
Jed joined a number of Panthers players, including new recruits Mitch Rein and Michael Oldfield, to begin their 2017 preparations this week.
The rest of the NRL squad, minus their Four Nations representatives, return to the paddock next Monday.