I love watching Matt Burton play.
A country lad born about an hour from my home town.
I remember watching him as a junior for Dubbo Cyms tear apart my Parkes Spacemen a couple of times a year, and we all knew he was going to make a name for himself in the big leagues.
And I want to see him play first grade every week.
But the Panthers call on not releasing him early to the Bulldogs was justified last night.
A Man of the Match performance against the reigning premiers in the absence of Nathan Cleary. But more importantly for the Panthers, those 2 points.
As much as it would be good to see him at the Bulldogs playing week in week out in the NRL, staying in this system at the Panthers and providing the backup to the Panthers will not only help them challenge for the title this year, but his development will greatly benefit in the long term.
If only the Panthers could find a spot for him in the 17 each week.
– Uncle Roasty