Poster boy's motto: consistency wins

In top form: Matt Moylan has been outstanding for the Panthers in 2014. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
In top form: Matt Moylan has been outstanding for the Panthers in 2014. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/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.

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

It culminated last week in one of the best performances of the year to date in the Panthers 26-10 win against the Wests Tigers.

He scored one try, set up three more, made one line break, five tackle breaks and had three line break assists.

It's not his first standout performance of the year.

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

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

And there was the stunning one year anniversary of his debut game against the Eels?

The good news for Panthers fans is that Moylan feels there is plenty of 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," he said.

"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."

One player he has learned from is his opposite No.1 this week, Ben Barba.

Barba is one of several threats that Brisbane pose as they head south looking to gain points on the league leaders.

One advantage the Panthers have is a long-awaited return to Sportingbet Stadium.

"We love playing at Penrith; we have only lost one game here all year," Moylan said.

"Brisbane will be a tough game and they have big game players all over the park. But for us it is all about backing up last week's win with another strong performance."

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