As he prepares to enter his fourth season in the NRL, Panthers superstar Matt Moylan isn’t quite sure what position he’ll be playing come the club’s opening game against Canberra.
While the 24-year-old has well and truly made a name for himself in the fullback role, there’s growing speculation Moylan could finally make a move to the halves sooner rather than later.
With uncertainty surrounding Peter Wallace’s future in the side, the St Clair junior admits he doesn’t even know where new coach Anthony Griffin will play him this season, but confirmed he has been training in the halves as well as his customary fullback role.
“I’m not sure where I’ll be playing at the moment, I’ve ran at both positions throughout the pre-season but I’m not too sure where I’ll end up,” he told the Weekender.
“There’s a few different ideas but we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m excited to play and wherever I’m playing at, I’ll be excited to step back out there because it’s been a long time since I last played.”
Moylan sat out more than half of the 2015 NRL season after suffering a serious ankle injury against the Eels in round 12.
After more than six months of recovery and rehab, Moylan finally returned to full training before Christmas and is itching to return to the field during Penrith’s back to back home trials next month.
“I’ve probably been doing everything for about six weeks now, it’s good being back out there with the first grade squad building combos ahead of the first round,” he said.
“All pre-seasons are tough but this one’s been especially tough because all the fitness stuff we are doing is different to what we are used to.”
Moylan said new coach Anthony Griffin has been working the side hard.
“Hook’s been tough but he makes his points clear of what he wants and expects, and I think that’s a good thing – it makes everything simple,” he said.
While Moylan won’t play in the Auckland Nines, he is expected to make his comeback when Penrith host Canterbury on February 13.
Nathan Taylor is the Weekender’s Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for nearly a decade.