Whare centre of attention

PENRITH centre Dean Whare said he would use his New Zealand Test experience to spark the Panthers season.

Whare was part of the Kiwis team that pushed the record-setting Kangaroos in the recent Anzac Test.

That performance was based on enthusiasm and energy, two things he wants to bring back to the foot of the mountains.

"The Kangaroos team is one of the best of all time and we stuck together as a team and played with a lot of heart and enthusiasm which was a positive," Whare said.

"Our last few games we have been a bit down and hopefully I can bring some of that enthusiasm and energy to our team.

"We are building all the time and I think we will only get better when our combinations improve."

One combination he is looking to continue is his partnership with David Simmons.

Originally slated to play on the left side in 2014, Whare quickly shifted back to the right alongside the Panthers top try-scorer from last year.

"I'm definitely more comfortable back on the right. David and I had good success last year and hopefully we can repeat it," said Whare.

"Together with Peter Wallace on the right we are working hard on our combination in attack and defence."

Whare's stature in the game continues to rise.

Only two years ago he was a bits and pieces player for Manly.

Now he is one of the first picked for Penrith and New Zealand and was identified by Greg Inglis as the centre that most gives him trouble.

Not bad for someone with barely 50 NRL games to his name.

Picture: Getty Images

Picture: Getty Images

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