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‘It didn’t overshadow my year’: Capewell leaving video in the past

“It’s in the past and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Capewell told the Herald.

“It didn’t overshadow my year. I played in front of my family and won an Origin series [for Queensland]. I had a good year.

Kurt Capewell irons out Penrith teammate Nathan Cleary during last year’s Origin series.

Kurt Capewell irons out Penrith teammate Nathan Cleary during last year’s Origin series.Credit:Getty Images

“I’m not expecting any [flak]. And I wouldn’t read into it anyway. It happened years and years ago. There’s no point worrying about it.”

Panthers teammates were quick to praise Capewell when he informed them about the video before Christmas, but privately know he will need to ignore any sledging.

Capewell is the only senior player still unsigned at the foot of the mountains, and his Origin efforts have driven his price north.

His future, he said, would be sorted if he and Penrith live up to the 2021 hype.

There remains a good chance Capewell could start in the back row ahead of Liam Martin, who can also play in the middle.

“I’m not worried about my next contract or where I’ll be – all I know is I want to win a premiership,” Capewell said.

“I know we’ve got a great opportunity to win one and I know if we’re playing good footy and I’m playing good footy, contracts won’t [be an issue].

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“I’ve been in Sydney five or six years now. Obviously I miss home, I more so miss family, but we’ve got FaceTime these days, which makes it easy. It’s good to get back up there when I can.”

Capewell’s big-game experience will prove especially important after the departures of James Tamou, Zane Tetevano and Josh Mansour.

Capewell, who helped celebrate coach Ivan Cleary’s 50th birthday at training on Monday, said the experience of finishing runners-up in 2020 would help the Panthers take the next step this season.

“We have that extra experience with what we did last year and we know what we’re capable of,” he said.

“We’ve lost some key pieces with the older fellas, but some of the younger guys coming through, they’re unbelievable.”

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