PENRITH have turned to club great Greg Alexander to get the best out of new halves Nathan Cleary and Matt Moylan, as well as rookie No. 1 Dylan Edwards.
While Gus Gould has often been spotted at training offering advice to Cleary and Moylan, Alexander, the Panthers 1991 premiership-winning halfback, emerged at the end of training on Wednesday to put Cleary and Edwards through a series of attacking kicking drills.
Alexander told The Daily Telegraph it was only after a recent conversation with Gould and coach Anthony Griffin he approached the pair if he could get involved.
“It sort of came about by accident, just chatting to Gus and Anthony about our kicking game, and I said I’d love to work with them,’’ Alexander said.
“It’s only for 40 minutes once or twice a week, just getting them to focus on their kicking.
“We’ve been doing it for about a month.
“I’ll talk about the game the week before, how they felt in different situations they found themselves in on the field.
“It’s important to know what sort of kick you need when and where, the situation of the game, and where you are on the field.’’
Alexander, who remains a Panthers director and a Fox Sports commentator, said it was inevitable Moylan would make the move from fullback to five-eighth, but his recent arrival had nothing to do with the skipper’s positional switch.
Moylan was restricted to light duties but will be fit for Sunday’s clash against South Sydney.
“He’s been outstanding, he grew up a five-eighth, so I’m sure at some stage of his career ‘Moyser’ was keen to get back there, and it’s been a good move for the club,’’ Alexander said.
“I’ve seen some great comebacks from teams over the years, the get-out-jail wins, but I don’t think I’ve seen an individual as heavily involved as he was in that win against Canberra (in round 14).
“As a combination, Nathan and Matt were already a combination, just in different (positions), while Dylan is a rookie who will continue to learn off those two.
“All three are great to work with. It’s about getting them to form a combination that is dangerous on the field.’’
Alexander said the only setback about the field sessions was the white boots he wore, which was not his choice. He looked almost embarrassed as he warmed up on a cold afternoon at the foot of the mountains, then watched Edwards and Cleary run different plays out of dummy-half.
“This is all they wear. I’ve never owned a white pair of boots,’’ Alexander said.
Tim Browne and Mitch Rein were both rested on Wednesday as they battled the flu, but the pair, like Moylan, will be fit for the Souths match at ANZ Stadium.
The heartbreaking loss to the Cowboys has left the Panthers just outside the eight and desperate to get their finals charge back up and running.