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Penrith Panthers are stalking the NRL's elite, says Brent Kite

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 3, 2014.

By Jethro on Feb 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM
  1. Jethro

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    Veteran recruit Brent Kite believes Penrith are primed to step up and stake a claim among the NRL premiership heavyweights this season.

    Kite, who signed with the Panthers after two premierships in nine years at Manly, sees similarities to the Sea Eagles when he joined them in 2005 but reckons the Panthers are significantly further advanced.

    The former Test frontrower believes fellow new boys Jamie Soward and Peter Wallace are set to give the Panthers the direction they need from the halves to scale the ladder after their 10th place last season.

    "Manly was a club possibly on the way up when I went there," Kite said.

    "Dessie (Des Hasler) was recruiting well and the club was going forward and I think with Gus (football boss Phil Gould) and Ives (coach Ivan Cleary) at the helm, here, they're definitely heading in the right direction.

    "There's some real good young talent. They've bought really well in the halves (with Soward and Wallace) so I think they are probably a couple of years ahead of where Manly was.

    "We didn't really have an established half and then a couple of years later Matty Orford came along and we got all the pieces of the puzzle together.

    "I think here at Penrith, without putting too much pressure on the guys, there's really no position we're lacking in and there seems to be plenty of depth so we want to get out of the box really well and give it a good shake."

    Kite was squeezed out of Manly at the end of 2013 because of salary-cap pressures but the 2008 Clive Churchill medallist is excited about the move.

    He said the new scrum-base partnership of former NSW Origin players Soward and Wallace was already gelling seamlessly at training.

    "I've been very impressed with Jamie Soward and Peter Wallace," he said. "They've got kicking games that other clubs would be envious of.

    "Jamie has a bit of flair and there's the steadying role from Pete, so I think they're a good mix."

    The 32-year-old is relishing playing a mentoring role and has a huge opinion of fellow frontrowers Tim Grant and Sam McKendry, as well as youngsters such as rising fullback Tim Moylan and former Manly teammate Dean Whare.

    Kite said he felt reinvigorated by the move west.

    "That old saying 'a change is as good as a holiday' is certainly true.

    "You come to a new club and you want to impress and you can see the potential in the team," he said.

    "It's pretty exciting to be part of all that where a team goes from outside the top eight to possibly well inside the top eight and continues to improve."

    Kite is also full or praise for Cleary.

    "Ives is great. He's certainly got a cool head on his shoulders and I'm really impressed with the way he sticks by his team win, lose or draw.

    "I've had an eye on him at press conferences and he never really bags the players. He seems like a very loyal sort of coach and everyone that plays under him seems to like him.

    "I like his approach to the game. He's not rigid, I suppose. He's open to guys... he encourages guys to think and learn."

    Steve Gee
    AAP

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/penrith-panthers-are-stalking-the-nrls-elite-says-brent-kite-20140203-31vwj.html
     

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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 3, 2014.

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      Veteran recruit Brent Kite believes Penrith are primed to step up and stake a claim among the NRL premiership heavyweights this season.

      Kite, who signed with the Panthers after two premierships in nine years at Manly, sees similarities to the Sea Eagles when he joined them in 2005 but reckons the Panthers are significantly further advanced.

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      • SeaEagleRock8

        SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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        Every 10 years or so the Panthers go well for a season or two. They are on the up at present, and having ex-Manly people around such as Cleary, Whare and Kite won't do them any harm at all.
         
      • HappilyManly

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        Panthers should go well if the halves combination works.

        Then again, the new kicking rules will favour Soward.

        I wish Kitey all the best - may we meet in the 2014 GF :)
         
      • tookey

        tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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        Jamie Soward or Keiran Foran? Tough choice as to which one is the better 5/8.
         
      • Killer03

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        I think the Panthers are on the way up, but that's probably more a 6th to 8th position as opposed to top 4 and a shot at the title.
         
      • master blaster

        master blaster Well-Known Member

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        surely you jest Tookey,Foz is streets ahead of soward
         
      • bones

        bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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        Penrith will win the 9's IMO and also make the NRL finals.
         
      • SeaEagleRock8

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        Interesting. From memory, you don't have a bad record with long range predictions...
         
      • niccipops

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        Pity we couldn't keep him. Glad he's settling in and is happy. Please drop some balls against Manly, Kitey. I wish him all the best but hope the only premiership rings he ever owns are Sea Eagle ones.
         
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          February 5, 2014 - 7:11PM
          Michael Chammas


          Penrith recruit Brent Kite believes there are similarities between the new-look Penrith side and the Manly team he joined in 2005.

          Kite, one of seven key signings at the foot of the mountains for this year, believes they have built the same foundation that launched Manly back into reckoning as one of the competition's powerhouses.

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        • The Who

          The Who Well-Known Member

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          So, after reading dozens of similar stories in this pre-season from journos with nothing meaningful to write, it seems that we have 16 clubs with a chance to win the premiership.

          Please, hurry up and get some football underway because I'm sick to death of reading such pre-season puff. Of course every player is going to say they are fitter, their move to a new club has 'reinvigorated' them, and that their team is better than ever.
           
        • globaleagle

          globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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          ....Hopefully they'll get picked but shall take it one game at a time.
           

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