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Kingston extends deal with Panthers

01/04/2010 05:06:56 PM Comments (0)

Penrith hooker Kevin Kingston has finally found a long-term home, extending his deal at the NRL club until the end of 2013.

A member of Parramatta's grand final side last year, Kingston was squeezed out of the Eels by the salary cap despite offering to pay back some of his wages in order to stay at the club.

The 26-year-old, who also played for Cronulla from 2005-08, was thrown a lifeline by the Panthers and his outstanding form has earned him the long-term deal.

Kingston joined fellow new recruit Travis Burns in signing on for a further three seasons.

Burns joined Penrith from North Queensland this season.

"Our strategy has been to lock in those key positions long term," Panthers CEO Michael Leary said.

"We were able to secure (halfback) Luke Walsh for the same term recently and Lachlan Coote re-signed with the club last year until 2012 so we are in a very good position with these players.

"Keeping those players together will enable us consistency as we continue to sign players."

The Panthers will now turn their attention to securing representative pair Michael Jennings and Frank Pritchard.

Captain Petero Civoniceva's future beyond 2010 also remains up in the air after he indicated a return home to Brisbane was a possibility.

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