Penrith will soon be thick in the middle of a dilemma that leaves all successful clubs in the lurch – the exodus of talent that becomes too much to afford.
We’ve seen it this week with articles coming thick and fast that Holden Cup coach and all-round good guy Trent Barrett will be leaving the club mid-season for beach-ier pastures at Manly, where the promise of an assistant coach position and being groomed for head coach may be too much to ignore.
Do not be fooled into thinking that this is the end of it, though. In the coming season we’ll see an exodus of talent that has come to the club in the last few years under the Gould-Cleary leadership.
It’s worked wonders for the club both on and off the field. Looking back on where we were only five years ago, it’s hard to believe what an outstanding job the new administration has done and now a new task will face them.
Lewis Brown was reportedly courted by the Tigers and other sources have also hinted that Jamal Idris could be taking the same jump. Whether or not any of the rumours we’ve head over the last few months are true there is one thing we can be sure of – the face of the Penrith Panthers will, no MUST, change in the next few years.
Sure, age and retirement will play their part. Wallace, Soward, Kite, Plum, Latimore and co. are hardly spring chickens, but we as fans need to come to terms with the fact that we’re going to lose players, lots of players, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Another NRL premiership is only around the corner for this club. Whether it’s the current crop of players or a few new ones sprinkled throughout, that is certain.
Change is good. It can be difficult, but ultimately it is for the best.
Which player do you think should be the first priority for long term retention for the Panthers?
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