One of Peter Wallace’s first moves as captain will be to consult former teammate Darren Lockyer for leadership advice.
Wallace wants to base his captaincy style around his one-time halves partner after it was announced that he would join Kevin Kingston as co-captain of the Panthers this year.
It capped a remarkable homecoming for the halfback who returned to his junior club Penrith after spending six seasons at the Broncos.
During his time away from Penrith, he became close to Lockyer and said he would have no hesitation in sounding out the former Australian captain for guidance.
“Hopefully I’ll lead more in my actions than words,” Wallace said. “I haven’t spoken to him yet but I think the way he captained, he let his footy do the talking. Everyone just followed him. He came up with some massive plays at the right time and he also made the right decisions for the team.
“I learnt a lot from him while watching him and playing alongside him in the halves.
“We speak. I spoke to him before I left Brissie. I might have to give him a ring to get a few tips off him.”
Wallace has led the Panthers before, when he was 19 at the now defunct Jersey Flegg level.
He always felt he could captain a NRL side.
“I always thought I had leadership qualities,” Wallace said.
“It was always a bit of a dream to captain a team. I feel pretty lucky that it’s come true.
“You have leadership qualities or you don’t.”
Wallace endured a turbulent final season at Brisbane, where he lost his number seven jersey and was relegated to the interchange bench. But despite an uncertain future at the Broncos, he still had doubts whether the move to Penrith was the best fit.
“A little bit. I didn’t really know,” Wallace said.
“There were a few other offers out there. At the end of the day this club was the perfect fit. When it came to the crunch I couldn’t see myself playing for anyone else.”
Kingston, who took over the captaincy midway through 2012 from Luke Lewis, welcomed sharing the duties.
"I was pumped when (coach) Ivan (Cleary) told me," Kingston said. "Captaincy is a year-by-year proposition. If you do the work in the pre-season people follow you and you get the role."