On Wednesday night Jack Wighton, Matt Burton, and Darby Medlyn showed the strength and success of the Western Rams pathway.
Orange junior Wighton helped NSW to an exhilarating State of Origin series win while Dubbo product Burton and Parkes' Medlyn were part of the Blues under 20s side which also claimed victory over Queensland.
All three came through the junior ranks and represented the Western Rams before linking with NRL clubs, and on Wednesday those hoping to follow those footsteps got some lessons on and off the pitch.
"I don't think there's a 16 or 17-year-old in the country that wouldn't want to be training here.Penrith's Ben Harden
They took part in a welfare education session with Kingston as well as on field skills and opposed sessions.
Panthers Academy coach Ben Harden said the day not only gave him a chance to better cast his eye over the talent within the Western Rams' ranks, but to expose the talented teenagers to the world of professional league.
"Throughout the year I've only had glimpses, I've had an hour here, half an hour with our players, so to bring them to a central venue and have them for six to eight hours, for a whole day and build those relationships is pretty much invaluable," Harden, who coaches the Panthers' under 20s, said.
"Their last 10 minutes was as good as their first 10 minutes after basically four, four-and-a-half hours of field work.
"It's a credit to them and I think the relationship between us and the Western Rams region has come to fruition.
"As we know selection gets harder and harder, but the harder they make our job, the better we are going to be long term.
"Taking them into the video room, using the facilities, the boys are bubbling. It's an asset not just for our current players, but to recruitment and retention.
"I don't think there's a 16 or 17-year-old in the country that wouldn't want to be training here."
Kingston, who played 105 NRL games for the Panthers and was skipper in 2013, talked about off-field aspects of playing higher-level football.
That included how to rest and relax.
"I emphasised the importance of sleep, obviously they are very young and their brains are developing so I just showed them some sleep routines they need to have in place," he said.
The day builds on the work that the Panthers' have done to strengthen their links with the Rams through things such as high performance clinics and the Regional Academy Program.
Burton has taken his game to another level after linking with Penrith and has starred in the under 20s this season, as has another former Rams junior in Forbes' Charlie Staines.
Dubbo duo Isaah Yeo and Kaide Ellis, as well as Wellington's Brent Naden, have also played NRL for the club.
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