Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Apisai Koroisau has ended his career at the Penrith Panthers on a high by winning his second straight premiership with the club.
On Sunday night the Dally M Hooker of the Year came off the bench as the Panthers cruised to a 28-12 victory against their local rivals the Parramatta Eels.
The players then celebrated long into the night as did the fans who partied on Mulgoa Road outside of the Panthers leagues club as they waited for the team bus to arrive.
Following the informal festivities fans congregated at BlueBet Stadium for Penrith’s official premiership celebration where Koroisau farewelled the club while also making a disingenuous comment about potentially winning the competition with the Wests Tigers who he will be playing for next season.
Koroisau has since been in contact with the Tigers and club chairman Lee Hagipantelis spoke publicly about the New South Wales State of Origin representative’s comments in a recent appearance on SEN.
“As I understand and I don’t know him too well, but Api is a thoroughly decent fella and presents as such,” said Hagipantelis.
“I’m sure if he had his time again he might rethink those comments.
“They were in the spur of the moment and emotions play a large part and perhaps some alcohol as well.
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“We’re not going to put a lot of stock into it and we’re very keen on welcoming him to the club as soon as his World Cup commitments are complete.”
Koroisau is one of the Tigers highest-profile signings in recent memory and the club will be hoping that he has a significant impact on the field after they finish on the bottom of the NRL ladder for the first time in their history.
Tim Sheens will return to the head coach position next season after 11 years with Tigers legends Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah joining as his assistants.
Isaiah Papali’i from the Eels has also signed on with the club for 2023 but it is not yet known whether or not he will backflip on his deal and remain in Parramatta.
On Monday the current TAB premierships odds for 2023 were revealed with the Tigers at $51 alongside fellow bottom four clubs the Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors.