Penrith have scored a major signings coup by luring fringe Origin utility Kurt Capewell to the club on a two-year deal.
NRL.com first reported on Friday that Penrith were the frontrunners for his signature and the 26-year-old utility forward joined the Panthers on Monday from Cronulla, where he made his NRL debut during the club’s premiership-winning 2016 season.
"I’m really excited to join Panthers and can’t wait to get started," Capewell said.
"With the coaches and the players here, I think this club will give me a great opportunity to take my game to the next level.
"My focus is to earn a starting role with consistent performances and then help the younger players in the squad find consistency as well."
Capewell has played 65 NRL games and was last season selected in the extended Queensland Origin squad. He will begin pre-season training at Panthers on Tuesday.
"Kurt is a quality player and a great team man who was deservedly on the cusp of an Origin debut this year," Panthers coach Ivan Cleary said.
"Considering his age and NRL experience to this point, we’re confident he’s in a position to play the best football of his career here at Panthers."