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Bathurst is part of our community: Cleary

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary is expecting his team to bounce back this week following a disappointing loss to the Rabbitohs last Thursday night.

The Panthers sit third on the NRL ladder with four wins and three loses. Cleary discussed where he believes the team is at after the opening eight rounds.

“I feel like we've been pretty consistent, a lot of the games we have played in have been high quality games but I guess losing three of them, we need to find ways to match the level of each game and try and come out in front,” Cleary said.

“We are doing a lot of things right but obviously a little concerned over the amount of losses we’ve had.”

“I feel like the games we’ve had and the contests we’ve been in will help us. I’d prefer to have a few more wins but I can’t be too unhappy.”

Coach Media: Round 9

The Panthers will travel to Bathurst for their annual game and Cleary said the players and staff are excited to make the trip to Carrington Park for Saturday’s clash against Wests Tigers.

“We enjoy going to Bathurst, we feel like it is a part of our community,” Cleary said.

“I always enjoy the trip and getting amongst our Panthers community out there so looking forward to it once again.

“We’ve been supporting Bathurst for a long time and they support us. Over each year you tend to see more Panthers jerseys in the crowd.

“Hopefully they will all be out there on Saturday and we can give them a good performance.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.