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Grant: Penrith will emerge stronger after form slump

Senior forward Tim Grant believes some of Penrith's youngest players will be better for the adversity experience as they search for answers while sitting on the bottom of the ladder.

The Panthers held a video session on Monday to assess their 20-point loss to the Warriors in a task that has left the players desperate to correct their wrongs with a local derby trip to Bankwest Stadium on Thursday night next on the agenda.

Grant said the only way of fixing their current predicament was by working together.

"There's a lot of disappointed guys but as far as team morale goes we're fine," Grant told on Monday.

"Obviously it's not all fine but I'm confident we know we'll work our way out of it. I think the best thing for us to do is be around each other at the moment. When you start going home or listening to the public you hear what's going wrong.

"The best thing is to be here working on things. We've just got to get a win to put out all the fires. That's the NRL – 90% is the soap opera and 10% is what actually goes on. We've just got to figure out our 10% and win a game."

After three seasons of semi-finals finishes, many players in the squad are facing unfamiliar territory of an early off-season given the side's worst start to a Telstra Premiership season since 2002.

Every try from Round 10

For some it could be for the first time in their careers after being part of premiership-winning teams in the lower-grade levels.

Of the 17 players in the side that lost to the Warriors last Friday, 14 either made their NRL debut at the club or are considered local talent.

"The young boys haven't dealt with too much adversity before so I guess for them it's a learning curve on how to handle that side of it when things aren't going your way," Grant said.

"A lot of these boys aren't used to it or haven't been through it. We'll be a better playing group and club for that moving forward. We've just got to get out of that while we're still alive in this competition.

"We know where we stand and what needs to be done."

Grant is hopeful of taking part in his what will be his first Battle of the West clash against the Eels in Penrith colours since 2013.

Get Caught Up: Round 10

The Eels came away with a 20-12 victory in round one, while demoted pair Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Josh Mansour responded strongly in the Canterbury Cup last week and could earn a recall.

"When you're going the way we are you don't need anymore motivation to get up for a local derby," Grant said.

"For all the guys who have come through the juniors we know what it means. As we narrow our focus it would be good for us to get one over the local team."

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