Penrith's old boy is man for all seasons

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 26:  Peter Wallace of the Panthers appeals to the referee after a non try decision against the Panthers during the round 8 NRL match between the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Remondis Stadium on April 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 26: Peter Wallace of the Panthers appeals to the referee after a non try decision against the Panthers during the round 8 NRL match between the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Remondis Stadium on April 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

NCH SPORTNRL. Round One. The Newcastle Knights VS The Penrith Panthers at Sportingbet Stadium, Penrith. 1st Half. Picture shows Penrith players Peter Wallace, left, and Jamie Soward, right. Peter Wallace has scored a try, but it has been disallowed. 8th March 2014 NewcastleNCH SPORT PIC JONATHAN CARROLL

NCH SPORTNRL. Round One. The Newcastle Knights VS The Penrith Panthers at Sportingbet Stadium, Penrith. 1st Half. Picture shows Penrith players Peter Wallace, left, and Jamie Soward, right. Peter Wallace has scored a try, but it has been disallowed. 8th March 2014 NewcastleNCH SPORT PIC JONATHAN CARROLL

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08:  Peter Wallace of the Panthers kicks the ball during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Newcastle Knights at Sportingbet Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images) peter wallace, nrl 2014. Picture: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Peter Wallace of the Panthers kicks the ball during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Newcastle Knights at Sportingbet Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images) peter wallace, nrl 2014. Picture: Getty Images

PETER Wallace knows what's coming next.

First there is the oppressive heat in the off-season. Then the sporadic storms that come and go as quickly as a Josh Mansour burst down the sideline.

Now comes the brutally cold winter — the icy cold mornings and brisk evenings that cut through layers of clothes and makes beanies and UGG boots an essential part of any kit bag.

Welcome to Penrith and welcome home Peter Wallace — and he wouldn't have it any other way.

The 28-year-old has returned to the foot of the mountains after six years in Brisbane.

A lot has changed in that time for the St Marys junior as a player and a leader.

But some things have stayed the same.

"I love Penrith and the transition back has been really good," he said.

"Everyone has been really great and we have a great bunch of guys here who all work for each other and I think that shows on the field."

Wallace has returned to his old stomping ground not only as a player but a leader that has represented NSW and his adopted country Scotland at the World Cup.

It's why after only a few short months, coach Ivan Cleary named him as co-captain for 2014.

It's not the first time he has had the "C" besides his name while in a Panthers jersey.

When he was 19 he captained the Panthers Jersey Flegg team.

His style hasn't changed a whole lot since then.

"I try to lead more in my actions than words," Wallace said.

"I learnt a lot from Darren Lockyer as a captain when I was in Brisbane and he tended to let his footy do the talking and that's the way I am on the field."

Another player he has learnt a lot from is halves partner Jamie Soward.

Wallace is hoping to put his early season injury concerns behind and build on his combination with another former NSW representative.

"Our time together has been limited with injuries so our combination can only get better," said Wallace, who has now played 164 games in the NRL.

"Personally, I have been pretty happy with how I have started the year.

"I spent the pre-season making sure I could be as fit as I could be and I can feel the difference on the field."

Another difference he has noticed straight away is playing at home at Sportingbet Stadium.

"The fans are great out here and they love their footy and we enjoy their support."

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