NRL Season Previews - Panthers, Sharks, Rabbitohs, Dragons

LeagueUnlimited's Paul Zines reflects on 2008 and looks ahead to 2009.

Season previews and teams of NRL clubs: Panthers, Sharks, Rabbitohs and Dragons.

Penrith Panthers

2008 Position: 12th

In my opinion, the Panthers are going to have a dismal season which is a shame because they continue to produce some very exciting talent out near the mountains. After winning the 2003 Premiership, the side has really struggled to keep up and have lost some quality players. Captain Petro Civoniceva has stated that he will stay for this year at least which is great news for the Panthers who will find it hard to avoid the wooden spoon. Exciting fullback and cult-hero Rhys Wesser has left to play for the Bunnies which could finally allow the very exciting Michael Jennings to roam around the field in the number one jersey. However, the man with the most pressure is no doubt Coach Matthew Elliot. He has been given a warning that the side must deliver or he is out! He isn