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Wests Tigers Star Daine Laurie Photographed Wearing A Penrith Panthers Jersey

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Wests Tigers Star Daine Laurie Photographed Wearing A Penrith Panthers Jersey

Wests Tigers fans have been left fuming - and you can sort of see why.

Star man Daine Laurie, who was named the club's player of the year just recently, has gone and done the unthinkable.

The fullback has been photographed wearing a Penrith Panthers jersey while celebrating the team's Grand Final victory over the weekend.

And after copping the brunt of some pretty heavy backlash, Laurie has now been forced to issue an apology for his actions.

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"I'm really sorry, it was really dumb on my behalf," Laurie told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Daine Laurie. Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald
Daine Laurie. Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald

"I shouldn't have done it. I was just happy for my mates to win the grand final.

"Obviously I was watching the grand final and had a few drinks, I was with a few mates.

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"I was happy for Penrith to win, I grew up and went to school with nearly all the players in the side. I grew a good relationship while I was with them for the last five years, I was happy for them.

"It was just silly, I put on the jersey and had a drive around town to see what it was like.

"I obviously got caught on camera which is a bit silly on my behalf.

"It should never have happened."

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The Herald also claim that the jersey in the infamous picture was the same one in which he made his NRL debut in round 13 of the 2020 campaign.

Daine Laurie. Credit: PA
Daine Laurie. Credit: PA

The 22-year-old took to the NRL field for the very first time last season before eventually parting ways with the Panthers to join the Tigers.

Since making the switch to Sydney's inner west, the talented No.1 scored seven tries in 19 games and went on to clinch the Kelly-Barnes medal alongside captain Luke Brooks as the Tigers' player of the year.

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Interestingly, despite donning a Panthers jumper, Laurie admits he was "going for both teams" during the Grand Final.

It turns out star five-eighth Cody Walker is a relative of Laurie and the youngster actually grew up supporting the South Sydney Rabbitohs

Either way, the Tigers ace acknowledges his mistake and hopes to learn from moving forward.

"I'm really sorry about putting the Penrith jersey on," Lauire added.

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"It was my debut jersey ... I just shouldn't have put that jersey on.

"I apologise to all the fans and especially to my teammates too. We are passionate about the Wests Tigers jersey and what it means to us.

"It's a good lesson for me at this early stage of my career. It definitely won't happen again."

Featured Image Credit: PA / The Sydney Morning Herald

Topics: Penrith Panthers, Rugby League, nrl, Wests Tigers, Australia

Max Sherry
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