Reagan Campbell-Gillard has promised there’s more room for improvement from the Panthers despite their recent upturn in form that has seen them move in to the top half of the NRL ladder.
The Panthers’ most recent victory over the Tigers on Sunday extended their streak to five consecutive wins to put them in a Finals spot, but the bullocking prop was adamant that the best is yet to come.
"We’re trying to build our season here and build each week as it comes. I think we’re doing that nicely, but again I know we’ve got to improve with our fifth plays and completing our sets properly," Campbell-Gillard said.
"I believe [our best is yet to come]. I think once we get everyone on deck – we’ve still got Moyza (Matt Moylan) and Mez (Trent Merrin) missing there – we’ll start firing.
"Right now I think it’s good just to get the wins."
Tigers captain Aaron Woods labelled the Panthers dark horses for the competition following the game, which suited Campbell-Gillard who is happy to fly under the radar.
"I don’t mind [being the] dark horse. I think we’re just flying under the radar still," he responded.
"We’re not playing our best football but I believe in the next few weeks we’ll start firing…and take each week as it comes."
In the absence of Moylan, local junior Tyrone May has slotted in to the five-eighth role with aplomb to help steer the side to victories over the Warriors, Bulldogs and the Tigers. Campbell-Gillard is adamant that May has proved himself worthy as an option in the short and long term.
"He’s (May) done an absolute cracker of a job over the last few weeks when Moyza’s been missing there…he’s the future of the club I believe and a very good player," he said.
"If someone ever goes down I’m pretty sure he’ll be the first one to be called up in to the team.
"Over the past few weeks, I think he’s been absolutely tremendous only a few games in to his career and he’s only going to get better."