Shall we go for cof­fee?

BREAK­FAST CLUB HELPS NEW PLAY­ERS BOND WITH OLD HANDS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Chris­tian Nicolussi

WEL­COME to the Pan­thers’ Break­fast Club, where cof­fee and con­ver­sa­tion are do­ing won­ders out west.

Mind­ful of his Gen­er­a­tion Y play­ers be­ing glued to their iPhones, and any cliques that nat­u­rally form within a large group, new Pen­rith coach An­thony Grif­fin has or­dered his play­ers to get to know each other over brekkie.

Once a week, on a Thurs­day or a Fri­day, small groups of play­ers are told which lo­cal cafe they’ll head to. And it’s never the same group.

On Thurs­day, James Sege­yaro and Matt Moy­lan were joined by some of their mates at Cafe Fred just af­ter 7.30am.

Just down the road at High St De­pot, Ge­orge Jen­nings and Jeremy La­ti­more were spot­ted hav­ing a chat, along with new re­cruit Te Maire Martin and oth­ers.

At Cafe Lat­te­tude on York in neigh­bour­ing Jamison­town, some of the big bop­pers, in­clud­ing Re­gan Camp­bell-Gil­lard and Trent Mer­rin, sat at an out­side ta­ble and lis­tened to winger Josh Man­sour “talk and talk and talk”.

Sege­yaro said the big ad­van­tage about the Break­fast Club was the chance for the es­tab­lished first graders to rub shoul­ders with the young­sters com­ing into the top flight.

“I ac­tu­ally wish we had this when I was younger,’’ Sege­yaro said.

“It’s good to have a yarn be­fore train­ing. I’ve got to know big Moses (Leota) ... I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have in­ter­acted with him much if it wasn’t for this.’’

Moy­lan said the face-to­face time in the morn­ing had made it eas­ier for the Gener- ation Next Pan­thers, and the ben­e­fits had al­ready trans­ferred to the train­ing pad­dock.

“I think there’s definitely more chat out on the field be­cause of this,’’ he said.

Pic­ture: GREGG POR­TE­OUS

Pan­ther Rea­gan Camp­bell-Gil­lard shows team­mates Sam McKendry, St Clair’s Dallin Watene-Zelez­niak and Trent Mer­rin a video dur­ing the team’s new bond­ing ses­sion in Pen­rith.

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