The Lockyerification of Panthers fullback Matt Moylan may finally be complete.
Perhaps a season or so later than some would have expected Moylan to make the move, coach Anthony Griffin has named Moylan at five-eighth. Budding star Dylan Edwards has been named to fill Moylan’s vacated fullback spot.
The move likely spells the end of the line for Kiwi five-eighth Te Maire Martin at the club, with Moylan and Cartwright having both now been preferred over him for the halves; and, if he hadn’t been injured himself, the Western Weekender reports that hooker Peter Wallace would have been considered for the role as well.
Of course, Griffin could yet be foxing, having named Martin in the extended squad. But given the hype and controversy that this selection was inevitably going to cause, it’s unlikely he’d name Moylan at 6 without intending to follow through with it.
In other Panthers team news, winger Josh Mansour has been named for his long-awaited return from ACL surgery, and former Dragon Mitch Rein will make his debut in Panthers colours.