The Penrith Panthers are a tight-knit staff, however they might must be ready to go away a few of their high-profile gamers.
Edwards’ feedback got here after Information Corp introduced that The Dolphins had been providing to play large cash round Stephen Crichton from 2024.
Premiership gamers Brian To’o, Liam Martin, Scott Sorensen and Spncier Leniu are additionally out of contract after 2023, and so are thrilling younger heart Izack Tago.
Edwards, who has a contract till 2024, says that in an ideal world he’ll proceed to play soccer along with his buddies on the foot of the mountains, however understands that the stress of wage caps could pressure a few of his teammates to pursue careers elsewhere.
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“The youngsters have an amazing connection to this space, so we wish everyone to remain, however that is not the fact we reside in and that is not the job we’re working for,” he instructed Information Corp.
“After all it will be good if everybody might keep however they should do what’s finest for them. I hope this stays with the Panthers in the long term, however we’ll have to attend and see the way it seems.”
Edwards has lengthy been extremely regarded within the Panthers system, however after a superb begin to the 2022 season, he is lastly beginning to get the reward he deserves.
After 9 rounds, Edwards is league-leading in yards gained, third in post-contact metrics, and has additionally amassed almost twice as many kick-back yards than his closest competitor.
The Penrith horse, nevertheless, doesn’t adapt to exterior noise.
“I do not actually take note of these sorts of issues,” Edwards mentioned.
“I do know that I am valued on this staff and my position on this group, in order that’s all I actually deal with, making an attempt to do my finest for the opposite 16 guys on the court docket.”
The Panthers meet Melbourne Storm in a mouthwatering conflict of the premier heavyweights on Saturday evening.
The sport shall be Penrith’s first sport at Suncorp Stadium since Edwards’ drought-stricken grand closing win with a damaged foot.
However earlier than the Magic Spherical showdown, Edwards mentioned he wasn’t going to let himself be carried away by the nostalgia for the grand finale or the toughness he confirmed that October night.
“I do not actually replicate an excessive amount of,” he mentioned.
“There have been a number of youngsters on the market fighting all kinds of issues, so I definitely wasn’t the one one taking part in underneath harm.
“(However) our first time going there shall be a great sport for us. I am pulling.”
With a win, the Panthers will return to the highest of the desk, however Edwards mentioned he’s conscious of the large problem forward for the aspect.