THE PANTHERS have announced the release of hard-running forward Chris Smith to link with the Roosters.
The club confirmed that the 22-year-old will link with the Roosters on a two-year deal effective immediately.
The Roosters are desperate for depth in the forwards after losing Boyd Cordner and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to long-term injury.
Smith, who debuted for the Panthers in round four last year, will commence training with his new side later in the week.
“Chris is a wonderful young man and a footballer with tremendous potential,” Panthers general manager Phil Gould said.
“He has been with our club since his junior rep football days and has made tremendous contributions with every team he has played.
“We are very sorry to lose him but we respect the fact a move to the Roosters gives Chris a great opportunity to advance his career.
“We wish Chris all the best for the future and will follow his development with great interest.”