Penrith’s caretaker coach Cameron Ciraldo has confirmed the club won’t be thinking about recalling former hooker Peter Wallace, after the veteran announced his retirement in June.
The Panthers are struggling with an injury crisis, with Dean Whare and Wayde Egan both suffering potentially season-ending injuries against the Warriors on Friday.
Add to that the fact five-eighth Tyrone Peachey struggled through the contest with a knee injury, and Penrith could line up against the Storm this week without a starting No. 9.
That prompted questions over Wallace’s availability, although Ciraldo hasn’t entertained the idea of bringing him back, and doesn’t think he will at any stage.
“No not at this stage,” Ciraldo said in reference to recalling Wallace, who is now an assistant coach at the Panthers.
“It hasn’t been spoken about and it would be extremely unlikely.”
Penrith could finish as high as second and as low as eighth depending on their result against the Storm, although look more likely of occupying either 7th or 8th position on the table come finals time, given the tough task up against them this weekend.