Kite celebrates his 300th NRL game

Milestone: Brent Kite with teammates and family after game 300. Picture: Brendon Thorne, Getty Images

Milestone: Brent Kite with teammates and family after game 300. Picture: Brendon Thorne, Getty Images

BRENT Kite's rugby league CV has enough highlights to fill out four or five careers.

Four grand finals, two premierships, 10 games for NSW, 14 games for Australia, six games for Tonga and one Clive Churchill Medal.

On Sunday he added one more figure to his name when he became only the 20th man to play 300 first-grade games.

Kite was typically strong in the middle of the field as the Panthers moved back to the top of the ladder with a gritty 26-10 win against the Tigers.

Kite's experience and leadership has been invaluable since joining the Panthers this year and he has been an integral part of their success.

It's no surprise Penrith's recent five-game winning streak coincided with Kite's first extended run in the top grade after injury plagued the first half of his year.

The former lanky outside back has come a long way since dominating the schoolboys' ranks in Canberra.

He spent nine seasons at Manly and made the semi-finals every year, including four grand finals and two premierships.

Coach Ivan Cleary praised the veteran, who churned out 52 minutes in game 300.

"[He's] done everything in the game [and] I still like it when he's out there for us, you know . . . makes me feel better.

"Not just the way he plays, but the influence he has on others. He's a winner, so he's good to have.

"I don't know what his winning percentage is, but it'd be pretty high."

The man himself was just happy to get a win in game 300.

"I'm just really proud of the way the guys turned up for me," Kite said.

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