Penrith Panthers set new hurdle for World Club Challenge clash with St Helens as NRL club yet to sign deal – TotalRL.com | Rugby League Express

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The PENRITH Panthers have put another significant stumbling block ahead of the potential World Club Challenge clash with St Helens.

Both clubs are said to be moments away from signing the deal, but now the Panthers have demanded financial compensation from the NRL to keep the Saints clash going.

It depends press company with reports suggesting Penrith wants at least $100,000 to play the match, plus another $200,000 they feel owed for winning the 2022 Grand Final against the Parramatta Eels.

Prize money had been halved following the Covid-19 pandemic, but winnings are expected to increase from 2023.

That being said, it’s not good enough for the Panthers who want the money now while wanting to make sure the compensation and prize money for the World Club Challenge is where the club wants it.

Penrith CEO Brian Fletcher says the club have still not accepted the World Club Challenge, despite it being on the schedule for Saturday February 18.

“We are awaiting details from Andrew Abdo – we have not approved the game,” Fletcher said.

“Andrew said we will play for awards and we are waiting to find out what that is. We have to hear it before we make a decision. It’s in Andrew’s backyard.

“It will replace our second try against Parramatta at home. We must ensure that we are replaced financially.

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