Player Jack Hetherington

mt.wellington

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Jack Hetherington


APRIL 26 2018 - 10:18AM
Former Picker in NRL debut

Former Young Cherrypicker Jack Hetherington made his National Rugby League debut for the Penrith Panthers last Sunday after a late change to the side.

The 21-year-old forward was named as the replacement for Kaide Ellis at around 3pm on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Penrith Panthers website Hetherington made his debut into the NRL the 577th Panther.

Though born in Canberra Jack’s family are still in Young and no doubt cheered him on last Sunday.
Former Picker Jack Hetherington. Photo: Penrith Panthers.

Former Picker Jack Hetherington. Photo: Penrith Panthers.

 
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mt.wellington

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APRIL 20 2020 - 8:59AM
Jack Hetherington looks for right balance
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RARE CHANCE: Young junior Jack Hetherington making a tackle in Penrith's round one win over the Roosters. Picture: Robb Cox/NRL Photos

RARE CHANCE: Young junior Jack Hetherington making a tackle in Penrith's round one win over the Roosters. Picture: Robb Cox/NRL Photos

The coronavirus crisis is just another hurdle for Jack Hetherington to overcome.

The Young product is looking to make 2020 the season he plays consistently in the NRL.

Hetherington has played 16 games since making his debut for Penrith in round seven of the 2018 season.

A sternum problem wreaked havoc last season but another issue raised it heads again to start the season - suspension.

Hetherington came off the bench in the Panthers' round one win over the Roosters but couldn't play in their win over St George Illawarra after copping a two-game ban for a high shot on James Tedesco.

It's his fourth suspension since his debut.

While known for his aggressive approach, it's one thing the 23-year-old is looking to control in order to play more.

"It's just one of those things with the carryover points," Hetherington said.

"It started in the under 20s and as I had so many, and my style of play I like to aggressive, but it is one of those things. Your guess is as good mine but I have to relax a little bit."

FLASHBACK: Jack Hetherington playing for Young in 2014.

FLASHBACK: Jack Hetherington playing for Young in 2014.

Hetherington is the third generation of his family to play in the top grade.

His grandfather Bill Mullins is an Easts legend who son is former Canberra flyer Brett Mullins.

His father Brett Hetherington also played 142 games for the Raiders and North Queensland.

They provide plenty of support.

"The game has obviously changed a lot since they played but at the end of the day they tell me to run hard, tackle hard and do my job as best I can," Hetherington said.

Now he's focusing on keeping fit as the NRL eyes a May 28 return.

He won't line up in Penrith's next clash due to suspension but Hetherington is working to ensure he can earn his place back in the side.

"I was really excited for a big year," he said.

"My debut year I felt like I was playing some pretty good footy and I wanted to get back to that to try and make the starting side.

"The main goal is to make the 17 and once you've made you want to do what is best for the team but the starting 13 would be great."

Now he is looking for ways to keep his fitness up with the NRL eyeing a May 28 return.

"It's weird but I'm trying to train and stay the same as possible," Hetherington said.

"I'm not in my routine so it is a bit bizarre but what can you do?"

Jack Hetherington playing for Penrith last season.

Jack Hetherington playing for Penrith last season.

Hetherington is also using the down time to spend more time with his family, including those still in Young.

No matter his location, the 23-year-old is looking to keep doing what he would be with his Panthers teammates.

"I'm trying to stick to a routine as best as you can - train, give yourself time to eat and keep it as similar as what you would do at training," he said.

"This morning I got up and went for a run, had a feed and then I'll go lift some weights.

"I'm making the most of it to see some family too."

After making his NRL debut with the club in 2018, the 23-year-old has been plagued with injury and suspension.

However Hetherington is contracted with the Panthers until the end of the 2021 season and with all NRL players having their pay cut due to the COVID-19 crisis he admitted there was some relief he isn't playing for a new deal this season.

"I would be a lot more stressed out if I was off-contact this year," he said.

"I consider myself pretty lucky really."

 
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Panther secured on loan
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Sun 28 Jun 2020, 05:19 PM
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Agreement has been reached for Penrith Panthers prop Jack Hetherington to join the Vodafone Warriors on loan immediately after Sydney Roosters front rower Poasa
Faamausili was recalled by his club today.

Faamausili spent a month with the Vodafone Warriors on loan in the wake of their heavy injury toll among their middle forwards.

The 1.90m, 107kg Hetherington (24), Penrith’s 2018 NRL rookie of the year, has made 16 NRL appearances, the last of them in the Panthers’ first-round win over the Roosters in March.

“(Head coach) Ivan Cleary, the Panthers and the NRL have been terrific in making Jack available so quickly after we lost Poasa,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“Jack had a breakout year in 2018 and will give us the qualities we’re looking for, a big man in the middle who carries the ball strongly and is tough defensively.

“As we saw with Poasa, loan agreements have great benefits for both clubs involved.”

Hetherington is from impressive rugby league stock. His father Brett played a total of 142 NRL games for Canberra and North Queensland from 1992-2001 while he’s a grandson of 1968-1978 Roosters great Bill Mullins and nephew of former Raiders and Roosters star Brett Mullins.

 

playdaball

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Apr 23, 2012
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The loan system has been good for Penrith and Jack Het
herington, as it has highlighted that he’s a definite NRL player, his next contract will be an improvement.
Not forgetting that it’s been good for the Warriors too.
 
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playdaball

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Apr 23, 2012
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Give him $500K I say.

(presently on $400K)
On 400k? Prior to his Warriors stint you’d have to say that is a lot for a young, untested forward. If he’s on 400k,
what are the other Panthers on?
 

BeastMode

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Mar 7, 2015
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Penrith were smart to lend him to us so he can develop further. No way they'll let him gp after watching his performance with us.

I hate to say it but he is Penriths' future enforcer

Look at his pedigree. Read and weep....

Hetherington is the third generation of his family to play in the top grade.

His grandfather Bill Mullins is an Easts legend who son is former Canberra flyer Brett Mullins.

His father Brett Hetherington also played 142 games for the Raiders and North Queensland.
 

Fazz

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Apr 12, 2012
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Honestly I would love to keep him, but I'll remain a fan even if (when) he goes back to Penrith. He's clearly giving his all for us and that's all you can ask.

Likewise, I'll be cheering on the Panthers, Raiders, Eels and even Roosters for the foreseeable future. We've seen a lot of clubs chirp on about the 'brave' Warriors (cough Sharks cough) and then underhandedly say they wouldn't loan out players. While I can appreciate a lot of clubs have injury tolls, it just makes me respect and appreciate the ones that have stepped up to assist us.
 

BeastMode

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Mar 7, 2015
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Honestly I would love to keep him, but I'll remain a fan even if (when) he goes back to Penrith. He's clearly giving his all for us and that's all you can ask.

Likewise, I'll be cheering on the Panthers, Raiders, Eels and even Roosters for the foreseeable future. We've seen a lot of clubs chirp on about the 'brave' Warriors (cough Sharks cough) and then underhandedly say they wouldn't loan out players. While I can appreciate a lot of clubs have injury tolls, it just makes me respect and appreciate the ones that have stepped up to assist us.
Absolutely agree

I think it’s also a great opportunity for us to showcase the club to these players.

Give them nothing but good things to say about us when they go back home. Let them know we’re actually a solid club and worth joining.

I hope CG and Robinson are thinking this way as well. It’s so obvious....
 

Defence

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May 9, 2012
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Honestly I would love to keep him, but I'll remain a fan even if (when) he goes back to Penrith. He's clearly giving his all for us and that's all you can ask.

Likewise, I'll be cheering on the Panthers, Raiders, Eels and even Roosters for the foreseeable future. We've seen a lot of clubs chirp on about the 'brave' Warriors (cough Sharks cough) and then underhandedly say they wouldn't loan out players. While I can appreciate a lot of clubs have injury tolls, it just makes me respect and appreciate the ones that have stepped up to assist us.
Don’t know about Canberra- they’re probably laughing they offloaded Murchie on us.
 
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