Penrith are set to boast the most fearsome front row rotation in the competition next season and it's the kind of pack you can bank on to set the foundation for a premiership!
Long gone are the days of poorly recruited off-seasons and repeated exodus' of youth for the Panthers under the new regime of Gould & Co.
There's already a solid set up at the foot of the mountains. Sam McKendry and Reagan Campbell-Gillard, both representative players, have forged a formidable starting combo that looks to continue in 2016. Jeremy Latimore is ol' reliable at all times no matter where he comes from and is a powerhouse off the bench. Leilani Latu also is making a case for continued first grade exposure with some hell-raising performances but it's likely he'll have to return to NSW Cup for the time being, and here's why.
In 2016 we'll be adding Trent Merrin, Suaia Matagi, Viliame Kikau to the mix. A representative player, a ferocious Kiwi and a young star in the making. It's the perfect mix.
Unfortunately we can't live in a perfect world.
This year two heroic and inspirational players were forced into mid-season retirements.
The selfless Brent Kite and the big-hitting Nigel Plum both opted for retirement after hitting personal milestones (300 and 150 games played respectively).
In these players not only do we lose a player but we also lose a leader both on and off the field and there's no doubt that their presence has directly influenced the career of youngster like RCG and Latu.
It'll be a big pack in black (and white (and pink)) next year and it's one that I definitely believe can roll over the top of any other in the competition and put Penrith in the box seat for a 3rd premiership.
Have Your Say: Who do you think will be the starting front rowers for Round 1, 2016?