Civoniceva to join Panthers

Penrith have confirmed the signing of Test prop Petero Civoniceva for two years.

Civoniceva has agreed to join Penrith next season after a decade at Brisbane. The Queensland State of Origin forward says he is excited about the new challenge at the Panthers, with the deal extending until the end of 2009 with an option for a third season.

Penrith general manager Michael Leary says securing Civoniceva is a huge boost for the club who this week granted captain Craig Gower a release to play rugby union in France next year.