Robbo ready to continue rise

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He’s ready for 2013… are you?

Penrith Panthers second-rower Matt Robinson is itching to get back onto the playing field and build on his incredible late season form.

The 22-year-old told the Weekender he hopes to have a big off-season to come back a bigger and better player in 2013.

“2012 was a great year for me,” Robinson said.

“At the start of the year I just wanted to make my debut and get my first taste of the big stuff. But to hit that good form late in the season was a dream come true.”

Coming off mostly from the bench, Robinson scored three tries in just 12 appearances for the Panthers but set up plenty more for his teammates with his trademark offload.

“The offload has always been in my game but it just took a bit of confidence to pull it out,” Robinson said.

“As the season went on I started to feel more comfortable and the boys made me feel more welcome.”

The former New Zealand Warrior said he can’t wait to partner up with Penrith’s newest recruits for 2013, also from the ‘land of the long white cloud’, in Dean Whare, Sika Manu and Lewis Brown.

“There are some great players coming next year for sure,” he said.

“I think they’ll add something [to the side] and I think we’re building a bigger and better team – it’s exciting times.

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