Penrith hooker Paul Aiton has re-signed with the club until the end of the 2009 season.
Aiton, who made his NRL debut last season, has spent much of the 2007 coming off the bench. But the Panthers expect the 22-year-old to be pushing for a regular starting spot next year.
His retention gives Penrith added depth at hooker, with former Test rake Luke Priddis contracted until the end of next year and Keith Peters, who will start against Brisbane at CUA Stadium tomorrow night, recently re-signed for a further two years.
Up north, a shoulder injury has forced Gold Coast winger Jake Webster to withdraw from tomorrow night's NRL clash with the New Zealand Warriors at Carrara.
Kiwi international Webster hurt the AC joint in his left shoulder playing against Newcastle last weekend and the injury has failed to respond to treatment. Coach John Cartwright is likely to draft in Smith Samau as Wesbter's replacement as the Titans aim to stay in the top four.
Meanwhile, Queensland State of Origin fullback Karmichael Hunt will test a tight calf muscle at training this afternoon before a decision is made on whether to send him for a scan.
Hunt failed to finish training at the Queensland's team's Gold Coast base late yesterday and the management is yet to decide whether he needs a scan to determine the extent of the problem. Queensland forward Jacob Lillyman is still touch and go with an eye injury while centre Justin Hodges has an ankle problem and forward Dallas Johnson is receiving treatment from the team's medical staff.
Brisbane forward Dane Carlaw is expected to join the camp after playing for the Broncos against Penrith tomorrow as it 18th man - a role he played in the first two Origins.Like