Boss to make his mark with Penrith

ORANGE’S Matt Boss will face a familiar foe when he lines up for the Penrith Panthers under 20s today.

Boss has been named to start today’s game at five-eighth for the Trent Barrett-coached Panthers in their trial against Wests Tigers.

The former Orange Hawks representative was part of the Panthers’ SG Ball side which lost the 2013 grand final to the Balmain Tigers last year, 14-6.

Boss returned to Hawks after last year’s SG Ball grand final in May, but soon injured his shoulder and had to undergo a full reconstruction.

Hawks president Dave Ryan said the teenager has made a great recovery and is making an impression at the Panthers.

“He started off and was always really good, but something clicked and now he’s really, really good,” Ryan said.

“We saw him last week and he was confident. He’s training well and said Trent Barrett has helped, especially doing practice in the halves.”

Boss played the entire 2013 SG Ball season at halfback or five-eighth.

The side took out the minor premiership before losing the season decider.

The Panthers are fielding a new-look under 20s side today and Barrett plans to use the trials to finalise his wing and halves combinations.

Today’s game will be played at Sydney’s Kirkham Oval.

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