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Griffin on where to play Moylan in 2016

Griffin on where to play Moylan in 2016 Written by GREG PRICHARD , February 12, 2016

PENRITH coach Anthony Griffin says tonight’s trial game against Canterbury should tell him a lot about whether Matt Moylan is ready to play in the halves in this year’s premiership.

Moylan, who was recently appointed Penrith’s new captain, will start the game in the position in which he made his name – fullback – before switching to five-eighth.

“Yeah, he’ll play some time in the halves,” Griffin says.

“(Halfback) Peter Wallace is probably only going to play limited minutes because we just want to give him a run in his first game back from a knee reconstruction. We’ll give Matt a look at the halves as well.”

Moylan is also making a comeback, from ankle ligament damage. Last season ended halfway through for him. Regular five-eighth Jamie Soward is playing in Saturday night’s All Stars game. Promising young halves player Te Maire Martin is also in the 32-man squad Griffin named for the Bulldogs trial.

Asked if he has decided whether to start Moylan at five-eighth in round one of the premiership or is still tossing it up, Griffin replies: “We’re using this game for exactly what it is, a trial. I haven’t seen many of them play first-hand since I took over, so I want to watch them play against Canterbury and give them an opportunity.

“It’s Matt’s first game since May. The priority is to get him some game-time and get him through, really, but how it goes will still tell us a lot. We play Parramatta next week in our final trial and we’ll have to get to the point a bit by then. The Bulldogs game is the chance for everyone to have a run and for us to have a look at them.”

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