Perfect poster boy shows consistency

Well done: Matt Moylan kicks the winning field goal on Monday night. Picture: Getty Images

Well done: Matt Moylan kicks the winning field goal on Monday night. Picture: Getty Images

PANTHERS young gun Matt Moylan has made a mockery of the so-called second-year syndrome.

In fact, the second-year fullback has developed into a second-year sensation.

For the second time this year Moylan literally won a game on his own boot kicking the winning field goal in the Panthers 35-34 win against Brisbane on Monday night.

After being the poster child for second-tier salary cap restraints last year, the 23-year-old is a poster boy this year.

A poster that probably hangs on the walls of thousands of bedrooms across Penrith.

Life has come full circle for Moylan.

From being a local St Clair and St Patricks junior with posters of Craig Gower on his wall, he is now the centre of attention.

His formula for success has been simple: consistency.

"I've just tried to stay as consistent as possible and use every week as an opportunity to work on my game," Moylan said.

"I still have plenty of things to work on in my game and that's what drives me every week."

Moylan has been a vital component in the Panthers' charge to the top of the table.

Monday night's masterclass followed his five star game against the Wests Tigers the week before,

He has made standout performance the norm this year.

Remember the sideline conversion after the siren to sink the Bulldogs?

Or his breakout game in his debut representative game for City Origin?

The good news for Panthers fans is that Moylan feels there is much improvement left.

"The game against the Wests Tigers was up there with one of my best in first grade but I feel like there are areas of my game that I can fix.

"I think playing in the halves growing up has helped my ball playing as a fullback and I think I can continue to learn more as I play more games."

Panthers coach Ivan CLeary was full of praise for his No.1.

"He's still improving, Matt, and that's exactly what you want," Cleary said.

"When they keep improving you're not too sure where they are going to end up.

"To his credit, he didn't finish the year in first grade last year, but he went away and he's had a really good off season.

"He's providing something for us all the time and the last three weeks he's been one of our best players."


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