SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: Jarome Luai runs with the ball during a Blues State of Origin training session at Coogee Oval on June 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has urged the NRL to consider implementing player bonuses that reward Origin players outside of the salary cap.

Cleary will be without seven of his best stars for Penrith’s clash with Wests Tigers on Friday night at Leichhardt Oval.

New South Wales star Nathan Cleary and Isaah Yeo have held their places in Brad Fittler’s side for 2021, while Jarome Luai, Brian To’o and Liam Martin are all set to make their representative debuts on June 9 in Townsville.

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Api Koroisau is also in the frame to pull on his first Blues jumper, being named as a reserve for NSW while Kurt Capewell will feature in the centres for the Maroons.

The absences have forced Cleary into a major shuffle for his Round 13 clash with the Tigers, as Matt Burton and Tyrone May hold down the halves and Jaeman Salmon, J’maine Hopgood, Lindsay Smith and Izack Tago man the interchange.

A stripped seniors side is a major collateral in having a 12-0 side come Origin I, with Cleary telling The Sydney Morning Herald that clubs should be rewarded rather than hampered in developing players into Origin-calibre names.

“I just think bonuses for things you can actually keep a lid on, for example Origin for debutants, should be looked at to be outside the cap,” Cleary said.

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“You’re not going to give James Tedesco an Origin bonus, but if it’s his first NRL contract and never played Origin, or something like that, then it makes sense. You should only get the bonus once.

“That’s going to stop potential rorts where you give X amount of dollars in the cap and give a player an Origin bonus even though they’ve played the last three years.

“Bonuses should be something you get rewarded for. Five of our seven players developed in our system and the other two debuted in Origin since playing for us.”

“I don’t want it to sound like a whinge but it causes you some grief. We’re quite happy to pay the money, it’s the implications in the cap that can really hurt you.

“As a club we are quite reluctant to keep doing Origin bonuses because of that. Perhaps there’s a better way of doing it.”

The Panthers will be prepared to handle the Tigers without their star septet, with Stephen Crichton and Paul Momirovski having a major hand in Penrith’s dominant win over Canterbury on Saturday.

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GOLD COAST,- JULY 26:of the Panthers scores a try during the round 11 NRL match between theand theat Cbus Super Stadium on July 26, 2020 in Gold Coast, (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

The duo, along with Burton, Charlie Staines and Spencer Leniu filled the club's try-scorers and assists tallies against the Bulldogs.

The Panthers will welcome the timely return of fullback Dylan Edwards for this weekend as well.