It’s a big season for us after the season we had last year.“My goal now is to win a premiership.

He's done that all through the juniors, he's an absolute freak and skilful as anything. It was sort of good timing, I sort of dealt with it that way. The NSW star’s departure for France has left the No.6 jersey vacant and Luai shapes as the logical replacement.The 22-year-old will get first opportunity to become the permanent halves partner of Nathan Cleary, rekindling a combination that brought premiership success at under-20s level.“Not having Jimmy [Maloney] around now, you realise how much of a leader he was and how much impact he had on our side," Luai said.“I’ve got to step into that role and lift the group a bit above where it's been in previous years. Have a lot of people to thank and be…” • See 46 photos and videos on their profile. I loved Benji.“I based my game on him, tried to play like him a bit.

The young boys are keeping me and Nathan on our toes and we have to be at our best. He took my mind off a lot of things. He was just eight years old, on one of the family’s annual Christmas getaways to Patonga on the Central Coast, when it happened. Jarome Luai can recall the precise moment he fell in love with rugby league.
He was a big idol of mine.

"He's been taking me under his wing this pre-season.

"Luai credited the tight-knit team at Penrith as well as the coaching and rehab staff at the club for keeping his spirits up, but more than anything it was developments at home that prevented him sitting around feeling sorry for himself.

"He was only a month or two old when I got injured. Jarome Luai (born 16 January 1997) is a Samoa international rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth or halfback for the Penrith Panthers in the NRL. Jarome Luai shared a photo on Instagram: “Was Lucky enough to live out my childhood dream last night. “Until then, I’ll look after mum and dad, they are No.1 for me.”Like Marshall early in his career, Luai is a livewire with ball in hand. "Jimmy is one of the best halves I can learn from.

Hopefully somewhere down the track I get that opportunity. The Samoan international grew up in Mt Druitt and despite becoming a father himself, will continue to live with his parents until he helps them pay off their mortgage.“Once that gets sorted, me and my partner and baby will get our own space,” he said. PANTHERS He's experienced it all, won premierships, he knows how to close out games. If there was anyone to wait behind, for me it would be Jimmy. At 23, and even now with a young family of his own, refusing to leave his parent’s Mt Druitt home until, together, they have completely wiped the mortgage off. Between 2018-19 he played 21 games in Canterbury Cup NSW, scoring eight tries, totalling 1263 run metres and a massive 55 tackle breaks. I became a passionate Tigers supporter after that.

"He's a local junior, he gets along really well with the group that we've got and we're really lucky to have him. It was a special moment. He also credits five-eighth Jarome Luai for providing the lighter moments as the man to replace James Maloney in the team clown stakes. Panthers players Brent Naden and Josh Mansour have declared that team mate Jarome Luai still lives at home at Mt Druitt. Jarome Luai can recall the precise moment he fell in love with rugby league.He was just eight years old, on one of the family’s annual Christmas getaways to Patonga on the Central Coast, when it happened.

To then get a season-ending injury two weeks later was pretty devastating. "I think I would represent either Samoa or New Zealand.

"It's a credit to Jarome, he's a really humble guy and to know he can learn off Jimmy especially then take over his role once Jimmy retires, it's a really good show of faith in the club and what's going on here," Cleary said. "Just hanging in there and getting through the rehab but I'm here [back at training] now and can't wait til the season kicks off. With Penrith still short on troops, Luai started the next two games but the Panthers lost both heavily and he suffered a serious ankle injury in a 50-18 round-19 loss to Brisbane.The torn syndesmosis and torn lateral ligaments required surgery, effectively ending his season just a fortnight after his breakout game. "Luai's decision to stay at Penrith earned plenty of praise from close mate Nathan Cleary, who came through the grades alongside Luai from the age of 15. "Penrith's my home so I'm living the childhood dream, playing for my local club and getting to do it with the boys I came through the grades with," Luai said. Panthers half Jarome Luai experienced the highest and lowest points of his young NRL career in the space of a fortnight, but it was his newborn son that helped him forget about the hard times. “That was the first game I remember watching. While Cleary will provide the steadying influence the Panthers need, the five-eighth offers the X-factor that could propel the side back into the finals.“We’re close mates off the field; having that helps us on the field,” he said.“I’m a bit cheekier and more of a pest.