Gower likely to remain a Panther

Penrith playmaker Craig Gower is likely to remain at the 2003 NRL premiers this season.

Shortly after arriving in Sydney after his honeymoon in Vietnam, Gower has made it clear he wants to remain with the Panthers despite his recent disagreement with the club. Gower has told the Australian newspaper he wants to stay with the club and that the issue of him wanting to leave the Panthers was blown out of proportion.

The Panthers livewire was axed as skipper and fined $100,000 - $70,000 of which was suspended - following allegations of misbehaviour at a charity golf tournament late last year. Penrith chief executive Glenn Matthews has welcomed Gower's latest comments and says he will meet with the player shortly to discuss a few issues.