Ask Penrith coach Matt Elliott and skipper Petero Civoniceva who they have high hopes for in 2011 and they will tell you Sam McKendry. “Man, he was unbelievable the other night [in our trial],” said Elliott, who last season watched Sam McKendry go from a fringe first-grader to Kiwi international. “At the beginning of last year I thought Sam was going to be a first-grader, we might get 10 games out of him, but he played every game and turned himself into an international.
“Our two young props, him and Tim Grant, are highly impressive players, they’re good people, they’ll drive the squad along and I think they will be a handful.” A little over 12 months ago McKendry was told he was too big, would struggle to succeed in the NRL if he failed to shed the kilos. Continue reading

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