Wayde Egan

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Panthers hooker Egan agrees terms
Author Richard Becht warriors.kiwi
Wed 23 Oct 2019, 02:59 PM

Penrith hooker Wayde Egan has agreed to terms for a three-year contract with the Vodafone Warriors through to the end of the 2022 NRL season.

The 22-year-old will join his new teammates when preseason training starts early next month.

A product of Penrith’s system, the Lithgow-born Egan has made 29 NRL appearances since his first-grade debut last year.

“We’re delighted to agree terms with Wayde for three years. He’s a high-quality hooker who had an outstanding NYC career and has really impressed since coming into first grade,” said
Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith.

“We welcome him and look forward to his contribution to our club in 2020 and beyond. “His enthusiasm and skills at dummy half have attracted the attention of our recruitment and coaching staff and we know he’ll make a significant impact with us.”

Egan was a standout at under-20 level, making the NYC team in 2017 when he scored 18 tries in 21 games as well as having big numbers for try assists, line break assists, line breaks and tackle breaks. In all he scored 30 tries in 40 NYC matches across the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Born: March 20, 1997
Birthplace: Lithgow, NSW
Junior Club: Lithgow Storm
Position: Hooker
Height: 185cm
Weight: 91kg
Previous Clubs: Penrith Panthers (2018-2019)
NRL Debut: Penrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys, 1300 SMILES Stadium, March 29, 2018 (Round 4)
NRL Career: 29 appearances (2018-2019)
NRL Points: 12 (3 tries)

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Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Warriors sign hooker Wayde Egan from Panthers until end of 2022
07:46, Oct 24 2019
Wayde Egan will battle with Nathaniel Roache and Karl Lawton for the No 9 jersey next season.

Wayde Egan will battle with Nathaniel Roache and Karl Lawton for the No 9 jersey next season.

Wayde Egan is the latest Penrith player to be granted an early release from his contract, with the hooker to join the Warriors on a three-year NRL deal.

The Panthers allowed Egan to walk just eight months after handing him a two-year extension that tied him to the club until the end of 2021.

His departure comes two months after Penrith beat the Warriors in luring Apisai Koroisau back to the foot of the mountains.

"He's a high quality hooker who had an outstanding NYC career and has really impressed since coming into first grade," said Warriors general manager of football Brian Smith.

"His enthusiasm and skills at dummy-half have attracted the attention of our recruitment and coaching staff and we know he'll make a significant impact with us."

Egan's arrival at the Warriors comes after the club confirmed they wouldn't be offering a new contract to Issac Luke.

Issac Luke is looking for a new club  for next season.

Issac Luke is looking for a new club for next season.

He gives the Warriors plenty of depth at hooker for next season with Nathaniel Roache and Karl Lawton also battling for the No 9 jersey.

But Egan's exit from the Panthers continues a mass player clean out in Ivan Cleary's first year as coach.

Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Waqa Blake and James Maloney have all departed despite having at least one year remaining on their deals.

Hooker Sione Katoa signed with Canterbury after his contract expired, so Koroisau the only new face so far joining the club for next season.

The Panthers have extended rookies Billy Burns, Mitch Kenny, Spencer Leniu, Liam Martin and Brent Naden, all of whom debuted this year.

Jarome Luai and James Fisher-Harris were also given new deals.

"As a club we would have liked Wayde to see out his contract, however we also understand the opportunity presented by the Warriors was a difficult one for Wayde to turn down at this point in his career," said Penrith general manager Matt Cameron.



Heritage Member
Apr 23, 2012
Does this replace the Warriors 2020 Recruitment thread?
Hang on ... we’ve got a new bus. It’s up to date so Now it’s the new recruitment thread.
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1st Grade Fringe
Feb 19, 2017
Wayde Egan (Warriors)

Egan has always had the potential coming up through the grades at Penrith. The only problem for the Lithgow product has been getting a consistent opportunity to cement his spot. At the foot of the mountains Egan managed just seven starting appearances in his two seasons playing in the top grade. Sione Katoa and later Mitch Kenny were the two main threats and eventually it saw Egan move across the ditch in search of more NRL time and with Karl Lawton set to miss the entire 2021 season with an Achilles injury, Egan has a clear shot at stamping his authority on the No. 9 jumper at New Zealand.

It is not only that though. He also has the benefit of playing behind a forward pack that will be vastly improved following shrewd off-season purchases. Ben Murdoch-Masila, Kane Evans and Addin Fonua-Blake will add plenty of go-forward that has been missing at a Warriors line-up that has been far too reliant on their back three to do the heavy lifting. Tohu Harris (144) and Jazz Tevaga (120) were the only two forwards to average over 100 running metres.

Fonua-Blake averaged over 150 metres and will be a force up front while Evans is a solid bench option and Murdoch-Masila will bring much-needed experience. What does all of that mean for Egan? Well, take the below video from Egan’s Holden Cup days of just what type of threat he can be at his best.

Meet Wayde Egan.

The Panthers NYC skipper scored four tries against the Warriors, the most in a game by a hooker in #HoldenCup history. pic.twitter.com/iOELCMTkCa
— NRL (@NRL) May 16, 2017
Sure, it was the Holden Cup and that competition was never known for strong defence. But the third and fourth tries are evidence of the speed and instincts that Egan possesses to either take the line on when an opportunity presents itself or know when to trail in support.

He had 16 tries and 14 try assists from 18 appearances in the 2017 Holden Cup season, proving just how crafty he can be in the right team. Playing behind a more dominant pack, Egan should have more space and time to use his running game. Injuries have played a part in Egan not fulfilling his potential yet and he may not be capable of defending in the middle for 80 minutes just yet. But there is no doubt this current Warriors line-up should give Egan the best chance to transfer his promise from the juniors to the NRL level.



1st Grade Fringe
Mar 6, 2016
What a guy!
I'm loving this new tactic of getting the players to help with recruitment, looks like we're sorted for backup hookers, can any of them play in the halves?

James Gavet used to be pretty handy helping the down and out too didnt he?
He helped us out where he could in our lean years, another top bloke doing his best for charity.

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1st Grade Fringe
Jun 2, 2017
Lancashire, England
Going ok? Had a soft spot for him
Rumours he was being offered to other clubs at the back end of last year. Huddersfield have a new coach, Ian Watson left Salford to go there and he’s moved a few players on. I’d keep him personally, he’s a grafter with a seemingly good attitude to training.

It might be a salary thing, Watson made his name at Salford for building a team of other clubs cast offs and I’m wondering if that was why Gavet was being offered around
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1st Grade Fringe
Sep 4, 2016
Im not a fan, only because hes not improving, much like Kodi. (except Kodi should be more consistent for $350k overs, brilliant 1 off player for NZ, but not consistent enough in the 24 rounds).

I dont want to see our hooker engaging markers not off side, I want to see the ball either cleared FAF, or the hooker doing an Isaac Luke and has gained 10m before the opposition is even thinking of tackling him.

Really need a top notch hooker to get our spine back to where it was prior to the 2018 offseason issues and subsequent release of Luke.

I think Egan could be a great player for the right club and personally i think hes got a lot of heart.


Heritage Member
Apr 23, 2012
Hats off to Egan - he played well vs the Tigers. His defence was very strong!
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