MATT Moylan is reportedly just a 50 per cent chance to remain at Penrith beyond his high-stakes meeting with Panthers supremo Phil Gould on Monday.
The star utility will meet with coach Anthony Griffin and Gould at Pepper Stadium on Monday where his future at the club will be decided ahead of the club’s elimination final against the Sea Eagles on Saturday.
Fox Sports’ James Hooper told Fox League’s The Weekend Wrap Moylan only has himself to blame for finding himself facing a bitter exit from the club that named him captain this year.
Hooper reported the Panthers’ five-eighth doesn’t have a leg to stand on if his position on the Penrith roster comes down to a negotiation with Gould because of the 26-year-old’s failure to complete every session of his rehabilitation program for his injured hamstring.
“It started because Matt has been injured a lot this season, he’s been frustrated, and he wasn’t attending rehabilitation for his hamstring injuries,” Hooper said.
“That can only end one way, and that is Matt Moylan will become a free agent and move to another club next season. Rival clubs are circling.
Matt Moylan is considered a chance to return from his hamstring injury against Manly.
Matt Moylan is considered a chance to return from his hamstring injury against Manly.Source:Getty Images
“The Wests Tigers are dead keen, I believe Cronulla are dead keen, Newcastle will also be interested.
“They will line up if this meeting tomorrow ends with Matt Moylan being forced out of the Panthers.”
It comes as Panthers legend Mark Geyer threw his support behind Moylan, saying the club is also responsible for trying to keep its star player happy.
“Gussy needs to get Matt Moylan, I think they’re having a chat in his office. They need to get together and say let’s get on the same page. Let’s make an announcement today and let’s get onto the semi-finals and beat Manly on the weekend’,” Geyer told Triple M’s Grill Team.
“It’s very un-Penrith like to be airing their dirty laundry this close to the semi-finals. These type of stories have got to start from somewhere. I don’t know where they started, but to have this sort of media attention this close to the semi-finals is so bad for the club.
“I think he’s their best player. I just don’t think he’s feeling the love at the moment. For Penrith to win the comp or to even get close to winning the comp he has to be in the team.”
Moylan is not even one year into the five year deal he signed with Penrith before the 2017 season.
Queensland Maroons coach Kevin Walters told Sky Sports Radio Moylan and Penrith officials both need to put their grievances aside if the club is going to be a contender during the 2017 finals series.
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“Moylan is a big key for that team and he’s not in a good headspace at the moment from what I’m hearing and from what I’m seeing,” Walters said.
“It’s a weird situation. I don’t know why you’d entertain going into a contract of that length if you’re not happy there. Either way he has to go back into that side.
“They’re a better side with him in it. They’ve got to shut all that other stuff out. To me Matt Moylan isn’t a person who is an individual or a selfish type of player. He plays for the team. They have to sort that out with him and find a position for him.”