Confusion reigns over whether Matt Moylan is still cpatain of Penrith.
Confusion reigns over whether Matt Moylan is still cpatain of Penrith. JULIAN SMITH

Moylan back as Panthers captain

PENRITH have reinstalled Matt Moylan as skipper for Sunday's blockbuster against Cronulla, despite speculation he wants to throw in the captaincy.

There was confusion on Tuesday when the Panthers lodged their official team with the NRL without a captain for the must-win game against the Sharks.

It is understood Moylan, who was one if three high-profile Panthers dumped to NSW Cup last week for a booze breach, is giving serious thought to stepping down from up the top job.

The club is poised to name Peter Wallace as the new permanent captain should Moylan pull the pin.

He has struggled this year with the extra responsibility, which has affected his form and possibly jeopardised his hopes of playing for Australia in the Anzac Test.

Sources insist Moylan is looking forward to less responsibility on and off the field in hope of recapturing the form, which earned him an Origin call-up last year and Mal Meninga taking him on the Four Nations tour.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin said he was happy to reinstate Moylan as skipper.

When asked about Moylan's concerns about the captaincy affecting his own game, Griffin said: "You'll have to speak with him. I won't get into what might happen. He's the captain of our club.''

Moylan's indiscretion hasn't affected his standing at Penrith. Photo: Gregg Porteous

Griffin was impressed with the way Moylan and teammates Waqa Blake and Peta Hiku responded to their axing after they had stayed out late in Melbourne a week earlier following the Storm loss.

"I was more concerned with what they did last week, they trained very well and applied themselves very well to the (NSW Cup) game on the weekend," Griffin said.

"That was good to see. From my end, there was never any concern that wasn't going to happen."

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