Bathurst Regional Council is optimistic in bringing the Penrith Panthers to town in the new year, to celebrate the club's recent NRL grand final win.
The Daily Telegraph recently reported that the Panthers were lining up a street parade in Penrith on November 20, with a member's event at the club's home stadium on the same day.
But it also said Panthers were in talks with Bathurst council for a street parade in early January.
It's believed the street parade would be a gesture to the Panthers' fans in the Central West, with a number of the club's grand final winning squad hailing from the region including co-captain Isaah Yeo (Dubbo), Matt Burton (Dubbo) and Brent Naden (Wellington).
Bathurst Regional Council's director of corporate services and finance, Aaron Jones, confirmed that council is currently in talks with Panthers and he's optimistic about the city's chances in hosting the NRL premiers.
"Council is currently in discussions with the club to get the players and the trophy to Bathurst," he said.
"This would celebrate the club's strong ties with the community and their recent NRL grand final victory.
"Council is optimistic about the ideas that are currently being considered."
The Western Advocate understands that the Panthers street parade is all but likely to go ahead, with the only hurdle finding a date that doesn't clash the NRL premiers' pre-season schedule.
If it's confirmed, there's likely to be a function at the Panthers Bathurst Leagues Club.
It's likely that the club would have similar functions at its other leagues club, at locations such as Port Macquarie, Glenbrook and North Richmond.
Panthers won the grand final this year after defeating the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the grand final 12-10 at the start of month.
Panthers have taken one regular season match to Bathurst's Carrington Park every year since 2014 except for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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