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Journeyman looking to dig claws in at Panthers after frenetic switches

Paul Momirovski's postal address has changed from Sydney to Melbourne via the Sunshine Coast in the past 12 months but rather than feel like a pawn in the game, he has taken it all in his stride.

Momirovski arrived at Penrith recently on a two-year deal determined to cement a spot in first grade after stints at the Wests Tigers, Storm and Roosters.

After being part of a loan deal involving Harry Grant last year, the 24-year-old utility back was again used in a player swap situation in January with former Panthers fullback Daine Laurie.

"The last 12 months have been really good, there was a lot of change but it was all positive," Momirovski told

"I loved being in Melbourne and learned a lot living away from Sydney and especially during the COVID period.

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"Everyone got shuffled around which made it better for me to adjust because everyone else was doing the same.

"It's good to be settled somewhere but there wasn't much uncertainty for me. I had a contract with the Tigers and knew I was going back there.

"I have a lot of respect for everyone at the Tigers and there were always good honest conversations.

"It was about finding the right outcome between the Tigers and I. Daine was great for them last week too so I'm happy to see him do well."

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Momirovski's move to Sydney's west has also given him the chance to link with Ivan Cleary again – the man who originally lured him to Concord.

"Talking to Ivan again, it felt familiar straight away," he said.

"They're a very talented team and work hard. I'm living in the city with a couple of friends so will keep doing the travel but there's no complaining because it's a great environment to come into."

Momirovski is likely to be rewarded for his pre-season efforts with selection at right centre for the side's season opener against the Cowboys next Saturday at Penrith.

The journeyman linked well with wing sensation Charlie Staines on a new-look edge that is looking to build consistency next to the likes of Nathan Cleary, Liam Martin and Kurt Capewell.

With Brent Naden told he won't be eligible for selection until at least round five, Momirovski could have a month to impress and lock down a starting spot.

"It was one of the toughest trials I've played in," Momirovski said of last Saturday's win over Parramatta.

"I've got through that trial healthy and have freshened my mind. The last few years have shown me that anything can happen and you can end up anywhere.

"Hopefully I'll be there in round one and can do my job."

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