Panthers Sign Kiwi Playmaker

Penrith has signed another Kiwi giant and he?ll start in Premier League for the Cougars .

He?s a 24-year-old centre named Shaun Ata ? two metres tall and weighing in at 108 kilos.

?I?ve been interested in him for a while now,? Penrith CEO Shane Richardson said yesterday.

?Not only is he big and fast, he is a prolific try scorer, having scored 17 tries in nine matches for Hibiscus Coast in the Bartercard Cup. He also represented New Zealand Maori against Tonga. We?ve signed him up for the rest of this season and next.?

Shaun is excited about joining Penrith. ?It?s a great opportunity ? I?m stoked,? he said yesterday.

He is a mate of Peter Lewis. ?We played together last year.?