Former Western Rams teammates Charlie Staines and Matt Burton are living the dream, but they're still grateful for the opportunity to play back in their home region.
Staines, of Forbes, and Burton, of Dubbo, both represented the Western Rams together and have gone on to become regulars in the Penrith Panthers team this year, as last year's grand final runners-up start the season with seven consecutive years.
Staines, who scored four tries on his NRL debut last season, has started every game this year at wing for Penrith and said he's happy to be playing at Carrington Park once again this Saturday.
"It's good to get out here. We've got a few games out here [Penrith play South Sydney at Dubbo next month], so it's good to get out to the Central West, a bit closer to home," he said.
"I think I played a couple of games at Carrington Park for the Western Rams and a few Forbes games. It's pretty good ground, so I'm keen to get back out there.
"I've always wanted to be playing for Penrith, but to be playing now, it's a dream come true. I'm loving it."
He said he's aware of threat Manly pose for Saturday's game but believes his team has what it takes to win.
"We're obviously coming up against a dangerous side, but if we play well and how we've been playing, we'll get the job done," he said.
Burton, who's set to join the Canterbury Bulldogs for the 2021 NRL season, said it's great to be playing at Bathurst.
"It's great to be back out there and seeing all the local community come out and support us. It's great to see," he said.
"Obviously to come back out near home and give back to the fans, it should be a really good game, so I can't wait," he said.
Kick-off between Panthers and Sea Eagles on Saturday is at 3pm.
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