Manu returns to groove

Path: Sika Manu has been a tower of strength for the Panthers. Picture: Hannah Peters, Getty Images

Path: Sika Manu has been a tower of strength for the Panthers. Picture: Hannah Peters, Getty Images

SIKA Manu knows a thing or two about playing in successful footy teams.

The 27-year-old was part of the Melbourne Storm juggernaut that was the benchmark of the competition between 2008 and 2012.

In 88 games in the purple he had a remarkable winning percentage of just under 70 per cent.

Now he has brought that winning formula to Penrith.

Panthers are in second place despite a 30-20 loss to the Warriors at the weekend.

For Manu, one thing is synonymous with winning:

"Confidence.

"We have built a lot of confidence over the past five weeks and we are playing with confidence.

"Melbourne was like that; after a few wins we were pretty hard to stop," Manu said.

"You can really feel it out on the field when you're playing and you just know everyone is turning up for one another.

"If someone misses a tackle, someone else will be there. It is a great feeling knowing everyone is backing each other.

After missing the start of the year with a shoulder injury, Manu is finding his groove as part of a formidable Panthers forward pack.

"Hopefully by the end of the year I will be in good form and helping the team win footy games,' he said.

Read the full story online: blacktownsun.com.au.

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