Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Paul Momirovski has gone from the filler in the loan trade between the Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers for Harry Grant in 2020 to an NRL premiership-winning centre with the Penrith Panthers in 2021.
He’s proven to be one of if not the signing of the season, scoring six tries, assisting seven, breaking 63 tackles, averaging 104 run metres per game and making 247 tackles for an efficiency rate of 88.8%.
Although, it seems Momirovski’s match made in Heaven with the Panthers may be coming to a surprising end as the Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Chammas is reporting that the 25-year-old will be returning to the Sydney Roosters on a three-year deal.
“Penrith centre Paul Momirovski has agreed to a three-year deal to return to the Sydney Roosters next season,” said Chammas.
“As reported by the Herald earlier in the week, Momirovski’s agent recently approached the Penrith Panthers for permission to negotiate with rival clubs.
Paul Momirovski is leaving the Panthers. He has agreed to join the Sydney Roosters on a three-year deal immediately. Warriors were close. Deal worth in excess of $300K a year.https://t.co/jXSSk7Vtza
— Michael Chammas (@MichaelChammas) October 21, 2021
“He still had another year to run on his deal with the grand final winners, however, they agreed to release him if he found a more lucrative and longer deal at another club.
“It will be the fifth time in as many seasons that Momirovski has changed clubs, playing for the Wests Tigers, Melbourne Storm and Panthers since he burst onto the scene with the Roosters.
“The Panthers will grant him an immediate release to take up the deal with the Roosters. The final year of his deal with the Panthers was worth around $200,000.”
Other clubs such as the Sea Eagles, Sharks and Warriors were reportedly interested, but it seems Momirovski was keen on returning to the club that gave him his start in the NRL.
It is also believed that the reason why the Panthers are so willing to let Momirovski go is to give rising star Izack Tago a starting role at centre in 2022; however, with Matt Burton off to the Bulldogs Tago would likely have partnered Momirovski in the centres regardless, especially when considering Brent Naden is also headed to the Bulldogs and Stephen Crichton has transitioned to the wing.