Shall we go for coffee?
BREAKFAST CLUB HELPS NEW PLAYERS BOND WITH OLD HANDS
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.
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.