Penrith hooker James Segeyaro believes the additions of new halves in Jamie Soward and Peter Wallace have not only made the Panthers a top eight chance this season but a top four.
“That’s what we lacked last year was that experience around the park, someone to lead us around and tell us where to go. Peter and Jamie are very good at that, they’ve played Origin before,” Segeyaro said.
“I’m definitely aiming for the top eight, even better maybe, top four.”
The bold statement comes ahead of Penrith’s round one clash against the Newcastle Knights this Saturday afternoon at Sportingbet Stadium.
With Penrith unveiling a close to full-strength team for the blockbuster, Segeyaro believes his side has the weapons to do plenty of damage to the visiting Knights.
“If you look at our team all around the park it’s pretty much strike from the right to left side,” he said.
“The Knights, though, are very physical and are a very big team especially through the middle. We’ll be looking to stop their momentum especially with their back three in Uate, Boyd and McManus.
“And then there’s the big fellas like Willie Mason and Kade Snowden, that’s where we’ll need to stop them.”
Penrith take on Newcastle this Saturday at 4.30pm.