Moylan can get better: Cleary
He's kicked a game-winning conversion after the siren, set up more tries than Daly Cherry-Evans and Jarryd Hayne, and now he's potted over a clutch field goal at the death – all in his second year of first grade.
But not even his own coach knows how good Matt Moylan can be.
"He's still improving, and that's exactly what you want. The more they keep improving, you're not too sure where they're going to end up, you know?" Panthers coach Ivan Cleary beamed following his side's 35-34 heartstopper over Brisbane on Monday night.
For the second week in a row, the 23-year-old fullback turned in a match-winning performance for the Panthers, scoring a try and setting up another before piloting a 79th minute field goal to keep Penrith on track for a top-four finish.
"Sowie [Jamie Soward] tipped us a bit earlier [about the field goal], probably 12 minutes to go," Moylan said.
"When we got down there, he knew there was going to be a lot of pressure from them so he tipped me up to be an option there and he saw the pressure coming so he just threw me the ball for me to do my best. And luckily it came off."
The second-year Panther has fast become an integral piece in Penrith's rise up the NRL ladder, evidenced by his 12 try assists – more than heralded stars Cherry-Evans, Hayne and Josh Reynolds this season.
Against the Wests Tigers last week, the St Clair junior laid on three tries and three line breaks, along with a try of his own.
Teammate Jamie Soward might top him in the try assists department with 13, but the stand-in skipper believes the promising fullback is currently reaping the rewards of a renewed attitude towards training.
"This month, this block where he's had good preparation going into games, he's actually played well," Soward said.
"I think he's seen how important preparation is. That's not to say he wasn't playing well before that, but just thinking the last month, a few older guys have really noticed he's preparing really well and he's getting rewards.
"For us it's a massive bonus for him to be doing that. He showed again tonight, that under pressure, we can go to him and set the play up and he put the field goal over."
Moylan said he had been driven by the goal of a deep run in the finals.
"I just thought that I wasn't playing as good as I could and I just wanted to improve, with finals coming up, and do my best to put my best foot forward for the team so we can be playing finals footy," he said.
Cleary said his young fullback had been one of his side's best over the past few weeks.
"To his credit, he didn't finish the year in first grade last year, he went away and had a really good off-season," Cleary said.
"He's worked really hard not just on his game, but his preparation and all the things off the field. And he's providing something for us pretty much all the time. The last three weeks he's been one of our best players. And again, under pressure tonight, I thought he was pretty strong."