“I Wasn’t Welcomed At The Start” Tevita Pangai Jr On Life At Penrith Panthers

Tevita Pangai Jr joined The Rush Hour with Gus, Jude & Wendell for their Hero, Highlight & Hardship podcast.

TPJ opened up on many topics throughout his career but went into detail on life at the one, short spell at the premiership chasing Penrith Panthers of 2021.


Once touted as a future Brisbane Broncos great, TPJ was shown the door midway through the 2021 season, he was picked up by Penrith Panthers who were determined to rectify their 2020 Grand Final loss.

Speaking on life at Penrith, TPJ said, “obviously they got good players and that helps.”

“Whoever is running their salary cap is doing a good job.”

Though TPJ arrived in Sydney’s West with not the best reputation, something he found challenging early on.

“When I got there I had to earn their trust.

“I wasn’t really welcomed at the start.”