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Panthers giving troubled Moylan time away

Matt Moylan watches on from the sidelines  at Lottoland on Saturday.
Matt Moylan watches on from the sidelines at Lottoland on Saturday. DAN HIMBRECHTS

MATT Moylan is set to remain at the Penrith Panthers, but will almost certainly miss the club's 2017 finals series campaign.

Panthers supremo Phil Gould announced through a statement on Monday afternoon his star utility has been granted an indefinite break away from the game to deal with personal issues.

Moylan met with Gould and coach Anthony Griffin on Monday morning where it was previously reported the Panthers five-eighth was just a 50 per cent chance to remain at the club, despite remaining contracted at Penrith until the end of the 2021 season.

Gould stressed in the statement that both the club and Moylan want the former fullback to remain at Penrith despite the club's decision to allow Moylan to take a break away from the game one the eve of the club's elimination final against the Sea Eagles on Saturday.

"We held a long discussion with Matt and his manager this morning," Gould said in the statement.

"As a result of this meeting we can confirm Matt is 100 per cent committed to his future at the Panthers and we are 100 per cent committed to Matt.

"We see Matt as a valuable asset to our club and hope he has a long and successful future as a Panther.

"In the short term we are giving Matt some time away from the game to deal with some personal issues and we hope that people will respect his privacy.

"It's disappointing that this has made its way to the media and from this point on there will be no further comment from the club, Matt or his management.

"We look forward to seeing Matt re-join the group as soon as possible."

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