After regular Panthers' fullback Rhys Wesser was ruled out with injury, Coote made his first grade debut on 27 June 2008 in the Round 16 clash with the Brisbane Broncos at CUA Stadium. In the first draw of the 2008 season, Coote had an outstanding game, winning Man of the Match. While Rhys Wesser returned from injury in the next game against the Parramatta Eels, Coote remained in the first grade side, being named as winger.
Coote had established himself as the first-choice Panthers fullback for the 2009 season, until a season-ending shoulder injury ruled him out.
In an effort to prevent further injury, Coote has added 10 kg of muscle to his frame in the off-season and will start season 2010 weighing in at 85 kilograms.
Throughout 2010 and 2011 Coote has been suffering from Osteitis Pubis which has kept him out through the end of 2010 and start of 2011
Coote played one of his best season during the 2012 NRL season, despite the Panthers finishing in second last place. In round 21, coach Ivan Cleary moved Coote from fullback to five-eighth, to find that Coote may have secured himself the No. 6 jersey for the 2013 NRL season.
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