Mixed Media: Trent Merrin

Trent Merrin has backed the Panthers to bounce back ahead of the clash against Cronulla on Sunday.

Despite missing several key personnel, the Panthers lost a nailbiter to South Sydney after an Adam Reynolds field goal sealed a one-point victory for the visitors at Pepper Stadium.

That result has the Panthers sitting on two wins from the opening six rounds, but Merrin assured the team is putting in the work to turn their fortunes around.

"We want to get as many wins as we possible can but I think we need to get our own game sorted before we can look at the bigger picture," he said.

"It all starts here at training and we're ticking the boxes and working really hard on what we can control.

"Our biggest thing is us as a team coming together and working really hard."

The Panthers welcome back Matt Moylan, Peta Hiku and Waqa Blake in the 21-man NRL squad after the trio were dropped to the Intrust Super Premiership last weekend.

Merrin welcomed their return and assured the three players continue to have the faith of the rest of the playing group.

"They've worked really hard at training this week," he said.

"They know what's gone on, so they're just ticking their boxes this week and I'm sure that they’ll come firing this weekend.

"We've got each other's backs and we learn from it and move on now."