Veteran Penrith halfback-come-hooker Peter Wallace is the new Penrith Panthers skipper, replacing the recently departed Matt Moylan.
Coach Anthony Griffin, whose alleged falling out with Moylan led to the talented fullback / five eighth leaving the Panthers before his contract was up to join Cronulla, made the announcement this morning.
While Kangaroo and NSW State of Origin backrower Trent Merrin was also in contention for the leadership role, the tough Wallace was the obvious choice.
The 32-year-old began his career with the Panthers in 2005 before moving north to Broncos in 2008.
His six seasons in Brisbane were spent in the halves and he played four Origin games for NSW in 2008-09.
On his return to the Panthers in 2014 Wallace played half a season before tearing his ACL that then restricted his play in 2015 to just 15 games.
Then in 2016 he was switched to hooker and has experienced a career renaissance since, earning a new two year deal at the Panthers and a State of Origin berth last year before being ruled out with injury prior to his first training session.
Wallace will again start the season in the number nine jumper, with boom half Nathan Cleary and experienced dual premiership winner and Kangaroo James Maloney to form a new look halves pairing.
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