He played his junior rugby league in Dubbo and his parents live in Mudgee, so while Bathurst isn't necessarily a home coming for Penrith Panthers co-captain Isaah Yeo, he's still looking forward to be playing at Carrington Park come Saturday.
Yeo has been named at lock for Panthers clash against Manly Sea Eagles at Bathurst this Saturday and he said any time he comes west of the Blue Mountains is a nice occasion.
"I'm obviously basis, but anytime you can come west of the Blue Mountains is nice," he said.
"I know all the boys enjoy coming out here and anytime we can get an away trip in, particularly out here, it's nice and it brings the team together."
A proud St Johns Dubbo junior, Yeo said the responsibility of boasting to his teammates about how good his home city is has fallen to young gun Matt Burton is recent times.
"I try to but Burto has probably have taken that roll at the minute," he said.
"Mum and Dad are in Mudgee now, so it's a bit closer to Penrith, so I probably lean a bit more towards there and I was there on the weekend.
"It's just nice whenever you can come out here because it feels like home. It's also a lot closer for the family to come watch the game, which is nice."
I know all the boys enjoy coming out here and anytime we can get an away trip in, particularly out here, it's nice and it brings the team together.Isaah Yeo
After missing out on playing at Bathurst last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Yeo said he's looking forward to playing at Carrington Park for the first time since 2019.
"Obviously COVID was a bit of a kick into the teeth of everyone, but it's good to come back here and help the local economy and that sort of stuff," he said.
"It's nice and hopefully it bounces everything back a lot quicker. Hopefully with what's happened in the past 18 months, this can help everyone out."
Saturday's NRL clash between the Penrith Panthers and Manly Sea Eagles will kick-off at 3pm.
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