Statistically number one: Panthers winger Josh Mansour crosses for a try against the Eels. Photo: Getty Images
NSW Origin hopeful Josh Mansour is set to stay with Penrith after rejecting an offer to join Canberra next season.
Mansour, who soared into Blues contention with a two-try haul in last Friday night's win over Parramatta, is understood to have advised the Raiders he would not be taking up a lucrative contract to join Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco at the club next season.
The decision comes after the Panthers tabled a revised offer for the 23-year-old on Monday.
He was originally offered a two-year deal to stay at Penrith but the Raiders came in with a three-year offer worth more per season.
Fairfax Media was told that Mansour's commitment to his family in Sydney and loyalty to Penrith had swayed his decision to stay at the club he joined from South Sydney in 2012.
Mansour said on Monday that he was keen to settle his future by the end of this week, with his first priority to remain in Sydney for family reasons.
"I've been weighing up my future, but at this point I've just been focusing on Penrith and playing footy," he said.
"Whatever happens, happens. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can get that sorted. It'll be good to just focus on footy and not my future at the same time. I want to stay. Penrith gave me the opportunity to play NRL. I've been here three years now and I've seen this club take a massive turn. Every year it goes up and up and up and I really believe that this club is going to be one of the biggest clubs in Australia.
"It's tough but sometimes you have to think of yourself. It's a big decision but like I said I'm very happy to be here. I'm close mates with all the boys here so hopefully I can sort something out and if I do get to stay I'll be very happy."
Mansour is statistically the No.1 winger in the competition ahead of NSW winger Daniel Tupou, producing a barnstorming two-try performance against the Eels last Friday night in which he also made 25 runs, 259 metres, 12 tackle breaks and an offload.
News of his decision follows an announcement that Penrith had snared South Sydney and Fiji hooker Apisai Koroisau for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.