Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Tensions Denied at Penrith

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Tensions Denied at Penrith

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PENRITH'S Reagan Campbell-Gillard has labelled speculation of growing tension between club boss Phil Gould and head coach Anthony Griffin as "ludicrous".

The NRL season has yet to kick off but the Panthers are already under pressure following claims Gould is undermining Griffin with a more hands-on approach this year.

It's understood Gould has been more involved in a coaching capacity but Campbell-Gillard is adamant the players are aware of who calls the shots.

"I spoke to Hook (Griffin) about it - it's healthy," he said.

"Obviously Gus (Gould) has been a well-respected coach and figure in rugby league. We're learning but Hook's the coach. I'm not going to sugar-coat that. It's plain and simple.

"We listen to both icons at this club and we're all learning and have a different mindset of what we're going to do this year. It's honestly been one of the best pre-seasons I've been a part of."

The Kangaroos representative lashed out at suggestions of disharmony at the club, which follows the summer departures of local juniors Matt Moylan and Bryce Cartwright. …

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