Instead of searching the player market for new recruits, the Panthers have often relied upon their youth programs for the next generation of NRL talent. World-class players like Billy Slater, James Tedesco and Jonathan Thurston all attempted to sign with the Panthers team; however, they couldn't meet the key requirement of the contract. Having a rattail or mullet as a hairstyle. When approached to discuss the reason for this contract clause, Coach Ivan Cleary revealed that these hairstyles were more aerodynamic, allowing for a speed and agility boost.
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