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NRL: Kenny rules out complacency

Penrith Panthers star Mitch Kenny says there will be no complacency in the camp as they set about defending their NRL premiership in the 2022 campaign.

The Panthers won the grand final in 2021, beating the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and without a doubt the aim will be to go back-to-back.

No complacency

Kenny has just penned a contract extension until the end of the 2024 campaign and says although confidence is high in the camp they are not arrogant and know it will be another tough season.

The competition will be stronger than ever and Kenny says they will be ready for it when the season gets underway.

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"Teams are better than what they were last year, and if we think the same things that worked are going to work again, well then we'd just be arrogant," Kenny told AAP.

"We safeguard against ego and complacency and we're just looking to build a new campaign. You've got to do that day-by-day, brick-by-brick.

"We're not resting on our laurels at all. This is a young group and we're really hungry to try and have long-term success."

GF heartbreak

Even though the Panthers won the grand final, Edwards had to watch on from the sidelines as an ankle injury ruled him out.

And the year before he was left out of the defeat against the Melbourne Storm.

"I was stoked for the boys, but I've missed two grand finals in two years (after being overlooked in 2020), so there is that slightly bittersweet moment," he added.

"But that gets overshadowed pretty easily by the great feelings of knowing how hard everyone, whether they played or not, worked to achieve this."

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