2020 NRL preview: Penrith Panthers team guide
The Panthers will be eager to put a season of turmoil behind them and return to the NRL finals in 2020 under coach Ivan Cleary.
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Off-field incidents, the defection of some local talent and the eventual resignation of former general manager Phil Gould punctuated a difficult season for Penrith in 2019.
They did manage to turn around a dreadful opening 10 rounds with a 7-game mid-season winning streak that ignited hopes of a fourth consecutive season in the top 8. But they fell away just as quickly, losing 5 out of 6 games between rounds 19 and 24 to ultimately finish 10th, just 1 point out of the play-offs.
Consistent five-eighth James Maloney joined Catalans in the Super League, so the blowtorch will be on Cleary and his halfback and son, Nathan, in 2020.
How to watch Penrith Panthers NRL matches
If you want to see how Penrith perform all season long, you will need to sign up to Foxtel or Kayo Sports. The Panthers have 10 matches on Fox League and just 8 on Channel 9 across the remainder of 2020.
In terms of subscription options, Kayo is the cheapest available at $25/month for a Basic subscription. That gives you access to two devices. For $35/month you get a third screen.
Kayo also has a wide array of features such as SplitView, Interactive Stats, Kayo Minis and No Spoilers. You can check out our Kayo vs Foxtel guide to see how they compare. Kayo also has a 14-day free trial for you to give it all a test run. In total it offers more than 50 sports for you to choose from.
You can also watch Penrith in 2020 via the NRL Live Pass app. Telstra customers can access this for free, but NRL Live Pass is limited to just a seven-inch display size. We have a complete guide here on how to stream the 2020 NRL season, including the providers.
Watch Penrith Panthers matches overseas
Planning a holiday during the footy season? The Watch NRL app has you covered. It is only available outside of Australia. Check out our guide on streaming the 2020 NRL season from overseas for more information.
When do the Penrith Panthers play next?
Penrith and the rest of the competition's 2020 NRL fixtures are here.
Penrith Panthers squad
Penrith Panthers history
The Panthers had high hopes of a successful season heading into 2019. How wrong they would turn out to be. A streak of 3 straight seasons in the NRL play-offs came to a halt in 2019 and the club faced repeated questions about its direction and strategy.
Coach Ivan Cleary is in the midst of his second season since returning to the club. He had spoken in the pre-season about solid progress being made so he will be expected to back up his words.
Club stalwarts Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Bulldogs) and Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Eels) departed in 2019. Premiership-winner Zane Tetevano is among the recruits, while veteran James Tamou is captaining the club for a second year.
Expectations have dipped and NSW halfback Nathan Cleary will need to put his stamp on the team if they are to challenge for a return to finals football.
Image source: Penrith Panthers website
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