Panthers’ youngster ready for senior role


He’s performed simply 19 video games in his NRL profession, however Jarome Luai insists he is ready to turn out to be Penrith’s lead playmaker when the season resumes.

A two-game suspension to star halfback Nathan Cleary for being “untruthful” with the NRL integrity unit over a social distancing breach means a possible call-up for one other up and comer, Matt Burton.

Should Burton, who performed his solitary first-grade recreation late final yr, get picked, the Panthers would area essentially the most inexperienced halves mixture in spherical three.

But that’s of no concern to Luai and the remainder of the enjoying group.

“I played a few games with him in reserve grade, so we’ve got a few games under our belt together. He’s doing really well at training,” Luai informed AAP.

“We’ve got a lot of faith in Burto to get the job done.”

Burton, 20, confirmed why he’s extremely regarded by the membership when he impressed with a composed efficiency in opposition to Cronulla on debut.

Luai, who’s simply 23, likens Burton to Cleary.

“He’s a bit similar to Nath in terms of having that calming influence out there on the field, especially out on that edge,” he stated.

“He’s received a very good kicking recreation. He’s a giant body, he can run the ball.

“He’s only a playmaker.”

Luai and Burton will enter Sunday’s match in opposition to Newcastle having performed simply 20 NRL video games mixed.

That stretches to 174 when the remainder of the Panthers backbone is added, which incorporates 109 from hooker Api Koroisau and one other 45 from doubtless fullback Dylan Edwards.

Knights halfback Mitchell Pearce has 278 video games alone, however Luai insists he is not daunted by the prospect of taking a extra senior role.

“I’m a reasonably assured man,” he stated.

“I’ve been across the boys loads. I’m fairly positive they have loads of religion in me to get the job carried out for Nath and the boys.

“We’ve received a very good connection.

“I personally know that Nath performs a giant role in our group.

“Those first two video games we performed already, he performed a giant role in getting the job carried out.

“Being that elder half now, I’ve received to take some accountability and take some strain off Burto as effectively.”

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