The Penrith Panthers have received a boost ahead of the 2015 National Rugby League season with exciting young winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak extending his contract at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

The 19-year-old made his NRL debut against the Canberra Raiders in round 5 of the 2014 season and was delighted to extend his stay at the foot of the mountains.

“I’m truly grateful and blessed that the Panthers want to keep me on for another year. I’m really looking forward to putting in 100 per cent for the club, and I can’t wait to get out on the field with the boys” he told nrl.com.

“I want to thank Ivan, Gus and Justin for giving me this opportunity, and I want to thank the members and Panthers fans for all of their support.”

CEO Penrith District Rugby League, Justin Pascoe, told the NRL website the Panthers are keen to invest in players such as Watene-Zelezniak.

“As an organisation we are thrilled that Dallin is extending his contract with us. He is an exceptional young man who continually demonstrates a maturity beyond his years.

“As an individual, Dallin has a lot ahead of him both on and off the field and we are confident that we can continue to provide him with the platform required to continue his growth, both as a footballer and a person.”

Executive General Manager Rugby League, Phil Gould says Dallin still has his best years ahead of him.

“It’s wonderful. I am very happy for Dallin and his family. Dallin is another of the outstanding young talents who have graduated through our junior league and development pathways. I see great things ahead for him” he told nrl.com

“We are so lucky to have a player and person the quality of Dallin here at Panthers.”